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New RCS High School principal gets to work

New RCS High School Principal, Lisa Patierne
New RCS High School Principal, Lisa Patierne

“I am a champion for my students”

With an infectious optimism pouring through, new Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School Principal Lisa Patierne, settled into her new office.

“I love what I do, I love teaching, I love learning,” Patierne said. “I have a passion for students and education and I’m really excited to be part of the RCS community.”

Speaking with Patierne, you can feel her excitement and see her desire to help students.

“I believe that every student has promise,” Patierne continues. “We just have to find it. Find what it is that opens their heart, their mind to learning. We have to catch them and ignite that passion in them.”

Patierne has spent nearly 25 years in education with 11 years as a teacher, 11 years as an assistant principal at the Guilderland High School and two years as principal at Mohonasen High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master of Science degree in reading from the College of Saint Rose. She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Russell Sage College.

Before coming to RCS, Patierne said she was exploring the district and found that she loved the community atmosphere within the school and decided she wanted to be part of that community. When it was announced that, then principal, Tom DiAcetis would be leaving the district, Patierne jumped on the opportunity.

“It just seemed to be a good fit,” Patierne said. “Already, it has been so welcoming.”

Eager to meet everyone, Patierne has begun creating relationships.

“I’m really looking forward to collaborating with the teachers and staff, the students, with the parents and community members as well as my administrative team, to continue to make this the best school that it could possibly be.”

With summer athletic practices in full swing, Patierne has made it a point to go out meet some students who are already on campus. On the first day of school, she promises, she will be out front when the buses arrive, greeting students and introducing herself.

Readying these students for life after graduation is a key focus for Patierne.

“When you look at the term ‘college and career ready,’ that’s what we need to think about,” Patierne said. “We have to really push our kids to reach their greatest potential, so if that means they’re going to go to college, then we have to push them to reach that goal. If they’re going into the workforce, we have to give them the skills that are necessary to survive in that workforce.”

Interested in getting various insider perspectives on how to successfully achieve her vision for students at RCS, Patierne plans on meeting with different groups of people from the district.

“It’s all about what can I do to support the school, because it takes the whole community to make a place great,” Patierne said. “And, as the leader, it’s my job to facilitate that and coordinate everybody together.”

Patierne also wants to ensure her students that they can count on her.

“I am a champion for my students, my door is always open.”