Welcoming a New Assistant Principal at Windermere
The Amherst Central School District has named Amy Steger, a special education teacher and administrative intern at Eden Central School District, as the new assistant principal at Windermere Boulevard Elementary. She began work July 1, 2019.
"I was immediately drawn to the district because of the incredible diversity. As I started to learn about Amherst, I continually heard overwhelmingly positive comments about the families, students, staff and leadership team. From the very start of the interview process, I knew this was the community I yearned to be a part of," she said.
She is most looking forward to getting to know the staff, students and families. "These are the people who make this school such an incredible place and I am eager to meet, listen, learn and support them! she said.
Mrs. Steger is a National Board Certified Teacher and had been a Special Education teacher at Eden Elementary School for the past 10 years, also with additional responsibilities as an administrative intern. She was a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards national fellow in 2018. She has also provided service to the Erie 2 BOCES teacher center and summer school program.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in education in differentiated instruction from St. Bonaventure University. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University at Buffalo. She holds initial certifications as New York State School Building Leader and New York State School District Leader. Her professional teaching certifications are in students with disabilities birth – 6 years; early childhood education birth to 2; childhood education grades 1-6 and gifted extension K-12.
Mrs. Steger, a resident of Hamburg, has established and facilitated professional learning communities for teachers across Eden Central School District, collaboratively lead a building-wide integrated co-teaching initiative, served as a mentor teacher, established a building tier 1 intervention committee, chaired a building-level Shared Decision Making team, acted as CPSE/CSE chairperson, as well as held various other district/building leadership responsibilities.
"My passion in education includes creating equitable learning environments for all students, collaboratively planning creative instructional experiences, service learning, and creating strong classroom communities," she said. "Two core values that are at the center of who I am are equity and growth. I will seek feedback and hope you will reach out at anytime! I am so excited to work collaboratively with the school community to continue the already established excellence here at WBS. When I am not at work, I am making memories with my family. I have two boys Derek, 6 and Nolan, 4. We enjoy playgrounds, hiking, reading, bike riding and eating lots of ice cream!"
Mrs. Steger was also honored with the Eden Teacher’s Association leadership award in 2017 and was a 2016 nominee for the Educators of America Teacher of the Year award.
For the 2019-2020 school year, the administrative roles at Windermere Boulevard have been restructured to a principal – assistant principal model, which is consistent with the current structure at Smallwood Drive Elementary, Amherst Middle School and Amherst Central High School. Julie Flanagan, previously the intermediate principal for grades 3-5, will become principal at Windermere Boulevard Elementary School which serves students in grades prekindergarten to five.
“We are very excited to welcome Mrs. Steger 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 Anthony Panella, Superintendent, Amherst Central School District.