Christine DeWald has been named principal of Avon Elementary School. It will begin on or before July 1.
The Avon Central School District School Board approved DeWald’s nomination at its May 25 meeting.
DeWald will fill the role previously held by Robert Lupisella, who, after nearly 25 years at Avon, is retiring at the end of this school year.
She comes to Avon from the Churchville-Chile School District where she is the vice principal of Fairbanks Road Elementary School. Prior to his administrative service in Churchville-Chile, DeWald taught in the Rush-Henrietta School District for 14 years.
“She will draw on those past experiences to continue the tradition of excellence we expect from Avon Elementary School,” Superintendent Ryan Pacatte said. “His tremendous work ethic, breadth of experiences and sense of family will help him continue the great program and teaching work that is already underway while embracing the great elementary school culture. Avon.”
DeWald is a graduate of the Caledonia-Mumford School District. She earned her undergraduate degree at SUNY Geneseo, her master’s degree at Buffalo State, and her advanced studies certificate at SUNY Oswego.
DeWald’s hiring is the culmination of a selection process that began in March when the district posted the position.
Before candidates were considered, the district conducted a needs assessment for the position that included a survey of building staff and a ThoughtExchange survey of families in the district.
Since the initial posting, the district has received nearly 40 applications which resulted in 29 complete applications, including applications from overseas. Application documents were reviewed and 21 candidates were invited for a 20-minute virtual screening interview.
An elementary school team then made an additional hard-copy screening, and nine people were eventually offered interviews in the district. During these interviews, candidates completed an on-demand task and were interviewed by two separate stakeholder panels.
Using stakeholder feedback from these interviews in the district, three finalists were selected and invited back.
The final step in the selection process involved introducing the finalists to faculty and staff, talking with district officials, and meeting with the district administrative team.
“We are delighted to welcome Ms. DeWald to Avon Elementary,” said school board chair Rodney George. “We generated a lot of interest when we posted this position and Christine stood out with her experience, her energy and her vision for the elementary school. There is no doubt in my mind that she will be a great addition to our district administration team.