COOPERSTOWN – In second grade, Kristin Butler already knew what she wanted to do.
“I wanted to be just like Mrs. Kiser,” the new CCS junior-senior high school principal said in an interview this afternoon. Deborah Kiser “was one of the kindest, most compassionate people I’ve ever known.”
Butler, CCS ’99, a SUNY Geneseo graduate, fifth-grade teacher locally and, for the past year, director of curriculum & development, will take the helm of the 444-student academy on Linden Avenue on July 1, succeeding interim principal Jim Brophy. Her appointment was announced on Tuesday.
“We’re 100 percent thrilled that Kristin is going to be leading at the junior-senior high school level,” said her boss, Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw. “We are looking forward to great improvement, and great success for her in that that role.”
COOPERSTOWN – Veteran teacher Kristin Butler has been appointed director of curriculum, instruction & assessment, responsible for implementation of the Common Core in the Cooperstown Central School District.
The position replaces that of executive principal, created when Lynn Strang was recruited in 2013 to move the testing-base curriculum forward. While she is departing at the end of the school year, Strang’s effort pushed CCS’ 2013 test results into the top 2 percent of schools in the state, winning a “Reward School” citation.
Butler has taught fifth and sixth grades at Cooperstown Elementary for the past nine years. She is currently teaching fifth grade and serves as grade level chair. Previously, she taught for two years at Fair Oaks Elementary in Henrico, Va.