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John Rivers
11 Bittersweet Circle Cell: (585) 490-2712
Penfield, NY 14526

OBJECTIVE: School Administrator


Accomplished professional with a track record of improving educational and operational performance through vision,
leadership, and team building. Skilled educator and excellent communicator with a strong, decisive, and established
teaching style.

Sound knowledge of middle/secondary education and broad-based experience creating and implementing dynamic
interactive programs to address students’ academic and behavioral needs. Ability to forge strong, sustainable
relationships with parents, students, and faculty members.


 Provided professional development in data analysis & interpretation, action planning, and goal setting to 6th,
7th & 8th grade English Language Arts teachers that resulted in a significant increase in student achievement
across all grade levels on the New York State English Language Arts Assessment.
 Leadership resulted in Athena Middle School being removed from New York State list of schools in need of
academic improvement, two years after being appointed principal.
 Implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) which resulted in a 25% decrease in
student disciplinary referrals.
 Implemented SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, result-based, time-bound) Goals within the context
of professional learning communities across all grade levels and content areas resulting in increase student
 Created a community group that examined the achievement gap between minority students and their
Caucasian counterpart that resulted in increase parent involvement and student academic achievement.
 Created a partnership with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Education through the
University of Rochester to increase students awareness and interest in STEM.
 Implemented Second Step program which seeks to foster the social and emotional development, safety, and
well-being of children through education and advocacy.


State University College at Buffalo Doctorate of Education (2007)

Major: Education Administration

State University at Brockport Masters in Education Administration (1997)

Major: Education Administration

State University College at Brockport Masters in Secondary Science (1993)

Major: Secondary Science
State University College at Brockport Bachelors in Science (1986)
Major: Biology/Minor: Psychology
Professional License: New York State Certification in Education
Administration (C.A.S., S.A.S., S.D.A.), Permanent
Certification in Biology & Chemistry.

Professional Experience

Athena Middle School/Greece Central School District, Greece, New York

Principal, 2006-Present

 Implement instructional process Smart Goals which increased student performance and resulted in
Athena middle school being removed off of the New York State list of school in need of
improvement after two years.
 Implemented benchmark assessments, aligning teaching and formative and summative assessments
to allow for early interventions.
 Directly responsible for all personnel, curriculum, instruction, and daily operations of a middle
school (grades 6-8) of 973 students. Manage $200,000 budget for facilities and operations
 Introduced staff-development programs to support the implementation of Ardith Davis Cole’s
“Better Answers” model, a school-wide English Language Arts literacy program which resulted in
significant gains in student performance
 Created a three step attendance policy which resulted in a 30% reduction in students absenteeism
 Implemented Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports process which resulted in 25% percent
reduction in student referrals

Monroe Community College, 1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Adjunct Professor of Biology, 2008-Present

 Teaching lecture/lab for Biology 120, The Living World

 Integrating components of Instruction for All, Paula Rutherford

Spencerport High School/Spencerport Central School District –Spencerport, New York

Assistant Principal Alternative High School & Special Education Supervisor, 2005-2006

 Supervise, hire and direct staff of teachers, educational assistants, and administrative support for
Alternative high school and Special education program– Provide fiscal management –Implemented
Special Education Inclusion-Administer student discipline.
 Committee on Special Education chairman. Oversee annual evaluations and implementation of IEPs.
 Implemented “READ 180” program-increase of 30% in students reading at or above grade level.
 Implemented student discipline program resulting in 40% reduction of student discipline for
 Converted period schedule to full-block schedule, allowing greater freedom and flexibility for
 Created a brochure defining Special education programs in regard to student characteristics, which
increased the level of understanding of faculty and community members.
 Spearheaded Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support process, resulting in partnerships with 17
area business in Spencerport and a $400.00 New York State grant.
Spencerport High School/Spencerport Central School District-Spencerport, New York
Assistant Principal, 1998-2005

 Supervise instructional goals and objectives. With staff, developed new course offerings and aligned
Spencerport curriculum with New York State curriculum in the areas of foreign language, science,
social studies, and technology.
 Served as a member of the Instructional Support Team, responsible for working with teachers on the
development of intervention programs for children, prior to special education. Reduce the number of
referrals to the Committee on Special education by 30%.
 Coordinate all school-site testing programs. Worked collaboratively with teachers to increase the
number of students taking AP courses.
 Created fair and consistent behavior management plans, placing responsibility for appropriated
behavior on students. Worked directly with students, parents, and staff to assist in solving student
issues, arrange for counseling, and follow district discipline protocols.
 Implemented short-cycle assessments, aligning teaching and testing with mandated test standards
and enforcing bi-weekly reporting to allow early intervention.
 Empowered teachers, gained their support for changes, and percolated culture of performance
excellence into the classroom.
 Actively interviewed, evaluated, and recruit instructional staff.
 Provide in-service training in Inquiry-Based Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Classroom
Management, Positive Behavioral Interventions, and Instructional Support Teams.

Edison Tech. and Occupational Ed. Center/Rochester City School District – Rochester, New York
House Administrator, 1997-1998

 Observe and evaluate teacher performance.

 Work collaborative with faculty to expand and refine school curricula.
 Supervised student discipline.
 Effectively managed budget

Professional Development

Supervision Across the Content Area ♦ What Works In Schools ♦ Classroom Instruction That Works ♦
Inquiry-Based Instruction ♦ Differentiated Instruction ♦ Strengthening Student Learning In Block
Scheduling ♦ Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom ♦ Integrating Curriculum & Assessments ♦ Educating
Oppositional and Defiant Children ♦ Autism♦ Special Education Law ♦ Interpreting IEPs ♦ Cooperative
Learning ♦ Summative & Formative Assessments ♦ Looking At Student Work .

Professional Affiliations

Member, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development Current

Member, National Association of Secondary School Principals Current
School Administrators Association of New York State Current
American Association of School Administrators Current
Association for Middle School Principals Current
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Current