Lisa RuudMs. Lisa Ruud is the newest Associate Principal at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School. She joined the team of Bluehawk administrators in August 2018 and is looking forward to supporting a collaborative learning environment that includes teachers and students, as well as members of the Hudson community.

Here are a few things to help you get to know Ms. Ruud:

What is your role here at the Hudson City School District, and where do you work?
I am an Associate Principal at the Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School (MCSES).

When did you start working in the district?
I was appointed by the Board of Education on August 27, 2018.

What are your job responsibilities/priorities?
My number one priority is to collaborate with the Leadership Team to remove barriers and create spaces where students, teachers, staff and our community can learn from each other and grow. Along with MCSES administrators Mr. Brenneman and Mr. MacCormack, I will supervise and coach teachers and serve as the main admin support for kindergarten and first grade.

Also, Mr. MacCormack and I will take lead roles in supporting the growing STEAM initiative in Hudson Schools. STEAM adds art and design to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our goal is to include topics such as coding, robotics, drones, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, etc.

What do you like most about your job?
I love working with teachers to adapt, innovate and continuously improve opportunities for learning. There is a magic about how kids construct meaning, develop their identity, and connect to the world around them. Supporting, challenging and guiding inquiry for our kids is what we do as educators.

What goal(s) do you hope to accomplish while working at Hudson?
My short term goal is to get to know our scholars, teachers, staff, leaders and community. I want to immerse myself in the community and culture of Hudson. It takes us all working together to support and grow our learning community.

My long term goals align with our school and district leadership team to raise the bar, close the opportunity and outcome gap, align curriculum and instruction and provide social and emotional learning supports.

What is your education background?
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Science in Curriculum Development Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany. I have also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Policy and Leadership from SUNY Albany, as well as ABD (“all but dissertation”) in the Education Policy and Leadership PhD program at SUNY Albany. I am currently working on the final stages of my dissertation to complete the PhD program.

What is your background like – previous jobs?
I’ve worked in the education field for many years and held a variety of positions. Most recently I was the Integration of Technology and Technology Director at Berne Knox Westerlo Central Schools. I’ve also served as the Managing Coordinator of Instructional Services at the North Eastern Regional Information Center, the Associate Provost for Curriculum and Instructional Technology at Empire Education, and the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls.

Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
I enjoy hiking, rowing, jogging and cooking. I have three children: Isabella (who is a freshman at Penn State this fall), Luke (a high school junior), and Jake (a high school freshman).

Outside of school, my mind is still on school as I continue to work on the final stages of my dissertation to complete the Education Policy and Leadership PhD program at SUNY Albany. My research aims to understand how educators within a typical high school and an odds-beating high school (OBS) work together to make data-based decisions in order to close the opportunity and outcome gap faced by educationally disadvantaged populations.

OBS are New York State schools that exceed expected graduation rates and work to close the opportunity and outcome gaps faced by diverse high school youth, including African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and English Language Learners (ELL). A typical school is one that graduates students as expected given the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of their student population as compared to similar schools in NYS.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
Listen more than you speak.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
Be creative, not destructive. Forgive. Evolve. Love.