Greetings Honeoye Community!
The holiday season is upon us...a time of reflection, good will, charity, and community! It is ever apparent that Honeoye exemplifies the spirit of the holiday with such time honored traditions as the Honeoye Hometown Holiday Parade, the ES Honeoye Holiday Hunt and Bazaar, and the ES and HS Winter Holiday Concerts. I feel fortunate to have shared in merely a sliver of the festivities celebrated in my new professional home... I attended the ES Holiday concert on 12/5 and the HS Vocal Music Concert on 12/17. Both were incredible asset building experiences for all student participants and certainly a tangible demonstration of the talent inherent of the district! Kudos to the vocal and instrumental staff at Honeoye CSD for fostering a love and passion for music in our students!
Being new to the Honeoye learning community, I thought I would briefly share some information about my background. I have been very fortunate and feel grateful to have built a life and a career that center around my family and lifelong learning. My family lives nearby in Rush. My husband, Kirk, is also an administrator and serves as an elementary principal in the Hilton Central School District. We have three children, all of whom graduated high school from the Rush-Henrietta Central School District. My oldest daughter, Paige, is Project Coordinator for DHD Realty in downtown Rochester. She is married and recently blessed our family with the arrival of my first grandchild, Finley J! Paige is joined by fraternal twin siblings, Spencer and Melanie. Spencer earned a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at St. John Fisher College in the Spring of 2019 and is currently completing a residency at St. Nicholas Hospital in Miami, Florida. Melanie is employed as an Assistant Vice President of the Logistics and Distribution Division of First American Finance and is completing a Masters in Business Administration at SUNY Brockport (May 2020).
I completed my undergraduate and Master’s work in Reading & Literacy at SUNY Geneseo, and subsequently earned my Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Educational Administration at SUNY Brockport. I completed the Superintendent Development Program through SUNY Oswego in November 2018 and am currently participating in the Fiscal Navigation Program sponsored through the Educational Leadership Institute. Prior to my appointment as Superintendent in Honeoye Central School District, I served as Naples JrSr High School Principal, K-12 Assistant Principal for the Wheatland Chili Central School District, and as Assistant to the Principal, PBIS Coach, and classroom teacher for the Rush Henrietta Central School District.
Honeoye Central School District is renowned for its pride, spirit, unity, commitment to students, personalized learning and academic excellence. I am eager to learn more about and experience firsthand the “magic.” It is also vital to me that we launch our work together in partnership. Given my transition from NaplesCSD and a January 1st start date at Honeoye, I am working on the development of a comprehensive "entry plan," with aspiration to meet, listen and learn from internal and external stakeholder groups. I hope to begin scheduling “meet and greet,” “town hall,” and small group / individual meetings with folks in January and February 2020. Please watch for more information and invites after the first of the New Year.
I am beyond proud to join HCS and to have the opportunity to serve as a member of such a strong culture of care. Thank you for making Honeoye the dynamic place it is to learn, work and live. I look forward to a promising 2020 and I am confident that together, we will continue to build upon the strengths and successes of the Honeoye Central School District.
As we journey together to best support Honeoye students, please feel free to reach out or stop by should you have any questions or concerns about the work we are doing in the district.
Wishing you and your loved ones a fulfilling, happy holiday season, and all the best in the New Year!
Bridget Ashton Superintendent of Schools