After 15 years as elementary school principal, Teresa Gorman will retire from Cooperstown Central School on June 30.
Lynn Strang, the director of student services and executive principal at CCS, said Gorman brought a positive, collaborative approach to helping all children grow socially and academically.
“She really believes in developing the whole child and the child-centered approach,” Strang said.
Strang said Gorman does a great job of working with teachers, parents, students and community members to provide a better education for the students.
Gorman said she is most gratified by her work with staff and helping them to overcome some educational hurdles.
“I am proud of how my staff has navigated around the many educational changes that did not stem from their expertise,” Gorman said.
Gorman said the experience of parting has been bittersweet.
“It has been my extreme pleasure to serve the district’s teachers, parents and students,” she said.
“I do believe that Cooperstown Elementary houses the best kids, the most talented teachers and the best parents,” Gorman continued.
Gorman has worked in education for the past 35 years. She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Buffalo State. She has worked in Florida, Texas and Germany. She received her master’s degree in educational leadership and supervision from the University of North Florida and was the assistant principal of a middle school in Green Cove Springs, Fla.
She became the elementary principal at CCS in July 2000.
Though she said she will miss Cooperstown Elementary she looks forward to the future.
“I am looking forward to new adventures,” Gorman said.
She said she plans to travel to Florida and Maine, spend time visiting with friends and hopes to read a book cover to cover in one day.
The district has begun a widespread search to find a new principal for the elementary school. Strang said the search will include screening and interviewing candidates and then having the finalists meet with parents, teachers, students and community members. Interviews will take place in March with finalists meeting the community in April. A new principal will tentatively begin work July 1.
To view the job listing, go to careercenter.nyscoss.org/jobs/6853354.