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New Assistant Principal Named at Amherst Central High School  


assistant principalThe Amherst Central School District has named Heather Krystofiak, a staff development specialist at Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, as the new assistant principal/dean of students at Amherst Central High School, effective July 7, 2021. Her appointment was approved by the Board of Education June 15, 2021.


An educator since 2007, she has broad experience developing, collaborating and facilitating on educational topics ranging from curriculum to school improvement plans.


Through her position at BOCES, she helped guide regional school districts with prioritizing and planning district goals for overall school improvement. She collaborated with regional school districts to create District Comprehensive Improvement Plans (DCIP) and School Comprehensive Education Plans (SCEP). She has mentored, coached and provided turnkey ELA curriculum updates and strategies. She helped create a regional website devoted to technology resources


She taught at Jamestown City School District where she created and assisted in managing a plan to implement a Professional Learning Community (PLC) school-wide and use that process for data driven instruction. Prior to that she worked in Lee County Schools in Florida for more than nine years where she was a PLC trainer and team leader, developed a school-wide writing curriculum for K-5, coached and mentored teachers in ELA writing instruction, and aided in student discipline through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.


She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from SUNY Fredonia, a masters in educational leadership from Florida Gulf Coast University and a certificate of advanced studies in School District Leadership from SUNY Oswego. She is a graduate of the New York State Superintendent Development Program. She holds certifications in School Building Leader and Childhood Education.


Ms. Krystofiak fills the position left vacant when former Dean of Students Scott Lawniczak moved into the assistant principal position left vacant after Nancy Ables retired.


“We are very excited to welcome Ms. Krystofiak to the Amherst family. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position and a passion for impacting continuous growth and improvement for all students,” said Superintendent Anthony J. Panella.