“I’ve got your back, I’m here for you.” This is one message new Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School Assistant Principal Cynthia Herron wants students and parents to know. Describing herself as a firm but fair leader, Herron says she understands that everyone makes mistakes and in her role, she hopes to help students learn from their mistakes, while letting them know, they are not alone.
“We’re all going to learn from mistakes and were going to move forward and we are going to do it together.”
Herron’s approach comes from her background in counseling, working as a high school guidance counselor in the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District for seven years then as a middle school counselor in the Chatham CSD for 10 years. In 2013 Herron took on the role of Dean of Students at Chatham Middle School, where she was able to complete her School Building Leader and School District Leader certifications.
“I was inspired by my role as dean to continue my education and pursue my certifications,” Herron said. “Now I am excited to have the opportunity at RCS to take something that I know and apply it to something bigger.”
As she beings the year Herron wants to become part of the school community, supporting academic initiatives, sports and arts. Her immediate goal is to get in to the school to listen to students and staff and understand what people are expecting of her.
“I’m excited to join the community so people know who I am, but I also want be clear, it’s my job to help support kids to be successful and part of that is following routines and procedures.” Another part of the equation, Herron says, is being a role model, being a leader in the school and creating the culture that prevents problems from occurring.
“Mrs. Herron is a great addition to our RCS family,” Superintendent of Schools Robert Libby said. “Her approach with students and her sense of community really set her apart from other candidates, we are happy to have her as our new assistant principal.”