Chatham Welcomes New Administrator of Educational Services

Lisa RuudPlease welcome Lisa Ruud to the Chatham Central School District. As Chatham’s new administrator of educational services, Dr. Ruud heads up curriculum development and instruction, as well as the District’s targeted supports for individual students. 

“I’m very pleased for the opportunity to build upon the great things that are happening here,” Ruud said. “What attracted me to Chatham is our model of continuous improvement and serving the whole child, along with the emphasis that we place on the arts and support for the community. As someone who is passionate about social justice, equity, and using data to craft the best learning environment possible for kids, I’m really looking forward to furthering the District’s mission to challenge kids academically and aid them in becoming successful, ethical members of our society.”

Dr. Ruud brings with her extensive experience as an educator, leader, and researcher. She comes to Chatham from the Hoosic Valley Central School District, where she served as the director of curriculum and instructional technology. Prior to that, she worked as an associate principal at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School in Hudson, the managing coordinator for instructional services on the E-Learning Team at the Northeastern Regional Information Center, and as a teacher.

She holds a doctorate in education policy and leadership with an emphasis on equity in education as well as a master’s in curriculum development and instructional technology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, and a bachelor’s in education from SUNY Potsdam. She has earned NYS certifications as a school district leader, school building leader, and teacher.

In her free time, Dr. Ruud enjoys hiking, boating and fishing. She also serves on the board of the NY Schools Data Analysis Technical Assistance Group, an organization of professionals who provide leadership in the analysis and use of school data. She lives in Delmar and is a parent to three children, with one currently in high school and two attending college. 

The Board of Education appointed Ruud to replace former administrator of educational services Lucas Christensen, who accepted an assistant superintendent position with another school district. She officially started here on November 30, 2020.

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