Howard L. Goff Middle School Principal Wayne Grignon will be the next principal of Citizen Genet Elementary School. The Board of Education approved the transfer at its public meeting on Wednesday evening, meaning Mr. Grignon will finish out this school year at Goff and then move to Genet on July 1, 2019 and succeed Principal Ana Yeomans, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
A search for Mr. Grignon’s replacement at Goff Middle School will begin immediately.
“Mr. Grignon has done an exceptional job as the leader of Goff Middle School,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. “As he returns to his roots at the elementary level, I’m certain that his genuine passion for teaching and learning complemented by his advocacy for children will greatly benefit the community of Genet Elementary School.”
Mr. Grignon has worked at Goff Middle School since 2013, serving as an assistant principal for two years before he was named principal in June 2015.
During Mr. Grignon’s time as principal, Goff Middle School launched innovative programs such as the Middle School Alternative Program (MAP) to provide academic, social and emotional supports for students, it piloted the 1:1 chromebook program that now exists district-wide, it continually updated curriculum to meet the needs of students, and in February, a new school-wide Character Education program will be starting.
“I am proud of what we have accomplished at Goff Middle School,” Mr. Grignon said. “Together, with our faculty and staff, we have developed a culture that is student-centered and always in the best interest of the kids.”
Before joining Goff Middle School, Mr. Grignon had been a classroom teacher in 5th grade, an Academic Intervention Support reading teacher and a special education teacher, all at elementary schools in Shenendehowa Central School District.
“While this was an extremely difficult decision to make, I’m excited to return to my roots in elementary school and join a tremendous staff at Genet,” Mr. Grignon said.
Mr. Grignon has a bachelor’s degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Le Moyne College, a master’s degree in Literacy and Special Education from UAlbany and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from The College of Saint Rose.