Maura White Appointed as New RSES Principal

Maura White Appointed as New RSES Principal
Posted on 07/26/2021
Maura WhiteThe Canastota Board of Education appointed Maura White on Monday as the new Principal of Roberts Street Elementary School, which serves about 300 students in grades 4-6. White will join the district later this summer. White comes to Canastota from the West Genesee School District, where she served as High School Principal since 2018. In that role, she a number of initiatives related to literacy development and interventions for both academic and social emotional support for students. She oversaw the schools Literacy Center, which supported students who were falling behind academically, and she initiated a literacy screening and recovery program for 9th graders, to improve students’ reading skills. She said the upper elementary grades housed at RSES are a critical juncture in literacy development. “I want to make an impact on long-term literacy skills, and grades 4, 5, and 6 are so crucial to future success,” she said. “If students can get through 6th grade with solid literacy skills, they are in a much better position for success in high school and with the Regents.” Superintendent Shawn Bissetta said White’s commitment to literacy development and intervention initiatives will be a great fit with the district’s leadership team. “I think we have found an exceptional leader in Ms. White,” Bissetta said. “I am confident that she will make an outstanding addition to the Canastota school community.” Prior to her principal position, White spent 14 years as a science teacher at Liverpool High School and received a Teacher of Excellence Award from State Senator John DeFrancisco in 2016. Before that, she taught science at Bishop Ludden Junior-Senior High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Biology from SUNY Cortland, and a School Building Leadership certificate from LeMoyne College. White lives in Fayetteville with her husband and three children.