With a few weeks under his belt, the new Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School Assistant Principal Christopher Adamek is getting into the swing of things in his new role.
“The staff was really welcoming,” Adamek said. “And, there’s a really great group of students here at the middle school.”
Adamek has already met with groups of students to listen to their ideas to see how they can work together to bring those ideas to life in the school. He says one of the keys to his role is to have open and transparent communication, not only with students, but staff and families as well.
The assistant principal believes that his experience, holding a duel certification for K-6 general education and special education, and having worked in both areas, will allow him to be successful in his new position.
“What I bring to my role as an administrator is definitely a different perspective,” he said. “Not only have I had that special education background looking at kids on a one-on-one basis, but also gifted and talented students, so I have a broad perspective working with different types of kids. When I bring that into administration, sometimes it gives me a different lens than having only been in one end or part of education.”
Adamek says he is excited to be working with the school on restorative practices, a technique that brings students together to understand commonalities and respect differences when dealing with conflict.
“I’m really excited to be part of the restorative practices,” he said. “We’re working with discipline and behavior in the middle school and how that ties into mental health.” Adamek says he is also looking forward to expanding the restorative practices mindset to people who don’t know much about it and show why it works so well for students.
Overall, Adamek feels his role here at RCS is the right fit.
“The direction that I could see the district is trying to go in certain things really fit into my picture of education and some of my strengths and backgrounds.”