BoE Appoints Interim Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services

Ellen DohertyEllen Doherty, Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services announced her retirement effective November 1, 2021.

The Chappaqua Central School District is grateful to Ellen for her dedication and hard work supporting the students and families of Chappaqua through the many challenges associated with the pandemic. Ellen’s leadership, expertise, empathetic approach and gentle demeanor proved invaluable during an extraordinarily challenging time.

The entire Chappaqua Central School District community appreciates Ellen’s efforts on our behalf and wishes her (and Fiona) the best of luck as she embarks on this next phase in her life.

Jamie EdelmanOn August 11, the Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education appointed Jamie Edelman as Interim Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services, effective November 2, 2021.

Jamie has served the Chappaqua Central School District for the last 3 years as Director of K-12 Literacy. In that role she served as a pivotal member of the District’s professional development team, working District-wide with administrators and teachers to strengthen and align literacy instruction across levels and disciplines; provided professional development in literacy instruction to special education teachers; facilitated the work of inquiry-based fellowships for teachers; led the K-12 Literacy Committee and supervised the English as a New Language and Reading departments.

Prior to her role as Director of K-12 Literacy, Jamie served for 5 years as the Principal of Douglas Grafflin Elementary School. At Grafflin, Jamie developed a strategic plan to improve student achievement that employed data analysis and staff development. She focused all grade level and faculty meetings around literacy initiatives to establish common curriculum, consistent instruction and uniform assessment, and facilitated curriculum mapping at all grade levels to articulate the curricula both vertically and horizontally.

As a seasoned member of the administrative team, she also served as a mentor to new elementary school principals. Her professional development philosophy is one that models best practices alongside her faculty and she is quick to empower the professionals around her to share strengths and collectively tackle areas in need of improvement.

Prior to joining the Chappaqua School Community, Jamie spent 13 years as Principal of Putnam Valley Elementary School, was Assistant Principal of Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-on-Hudson, and before that spent nine years in the New York City school system as an elementary school teacher, literacy staff developer, and assistant principal. For the majority of her time in the City, Jamie was fortunate to work in District 2 at the time when that District was instituting some of the most rigorous, progressive and influential educational reform New York City has known.

“I am incredibly grateful that Jamie has agreed to lead Pupil Personnel Services once Ellen steps down in November. I have tremendous respect and admiration for both women and know there will be a seamless transition for our students, staff and families,” said Dr. Christine Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools.