Fredonia Elementary principal wins award

Amy Piper, elementary principal at Fredonia Central School, was the recipient of the Chautauqua County Association of Educational Office Professionals’ (CCAEOP) 2013 Administrator of the Year Award, given at the CCAEOP “Bosses Night” event. The event was hosted by the educational office professionals from the Westfield Academy and Central School.

At Fredonia Elementary School, Piper has launched a PRIDE program (promoting characteristics of Polite, Responsible, Involved, Decisions, Everyone) to reduce bullying. She also initiated a “Fitness for Kids” program. Along with all the new programs mandated by NYS, she demonstrates how receptive she is to new things that benefit the children of the school.

As an active parent of four school-aged children, she attends many sporting events, concerts, recitals, plays, and a variety of other activities that her children are involved in, not to mention all the ones sponsored or created for the students of Fredonia and throughout the community. She is also a loyal member of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Piper has attended workshops and conferences across the country and has become a speaker at the national level on topics related to education and the “Response to Intervention” program. She currently serves on the NYS Education Department team for the RtI program. She herself has evolved from being a teacher and the director of special education at Chautauqua Lake Central School to transferring to Fredonia Central School as the CSE chair/director of special education. Within a couple years she became the primary principal (grades Pre-K to 2) and now is the elementary principal (grades Pre-K to 4).

Wendy Heslink, secretary to the superintendent at Fredonia Central School, states, “(Piper) is a dynamic leader, confidant and friend. She is friendly, outgoing, sincere, honest and dependable – a true ‘what you see is what you get’ person. She supports the office staff, faculty and students’ ambitions to better themselves all with the same enthusiasm.”

Peg Brisky, one of Piper’s office professionals, states, “I have been with the school system for 34 years, working with seven different principals, and I have never met any as dedicated, open, honest or as well-rounded as this one, and until now I thought I had worked with some of the best people. The others pale in comparison to this one.”

CCAEOP will be nominating Piper for the New York State Association of Educational Office Professionals’ Administrator of the Year Award, to be presented at the NYSAEOP conference this coming October in Lake Placid.