Dr. Carol A. Pallas joined the Schalmont Central School District
as superintendent on January 1, 2013, after an extensive search
conducted by Capital Region BOCES.
Pallas is a veteran educator with more than 25 years of experience. Prior to joining Schalmont, she was the Chief Academic Officer and Transition Coordinator in the Greece Central School District, where she served in various roles over the past 12 years. She began her educational career in the Rome City School District where she served as an elementary school teacher for 10 years.
Pallas holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the Warner School at the University of Rochester, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from the State University of New York at Cortland. She earned a master's degree in education from Elmira College, and a bachelor's degree in education from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
What attracted you to Schalmont?
Schalmont is a very strong school district with many attractive qualities. I was drawn by the district's high academic ranking and the increase in this ranking over a relatively short period of time. This doesn't happen by accident. It's a clear indication that a focus on academic achievement is important. As I studied the district, I discovered this was a school community focused on what's best for its students in all areas. There are many opportunities for students to participate in sports, music and extracurricular events. The school facilities are in great shape and well-maintained, and the faculty, staff and community are dedicated to the school and the achievement and success of all students. Sabre pride is alive and well! As I began to interview and meet the people who make up the district, I knew this was a place that I very much wanted to be a part of and lead into the future.
What do you hope to accomplish as superintendent?
I hope to be able to honor the district's existing traditions and successful plans already in place while at the same time examining what we can do collectively to move the district forward. Over the course of the next several months, I will be implementing an entry plan, which charts the course of my transition into the district. This will involve getting to know the district and the community, and sharing ways we can work together to plan for the future. At the same time, I will be working to ensure that the already established district goals are on track to be met by the end of the school year. I hope to have an impact on student success and be a champion for their future. I am very much looking forward to becoming an integral part of the community and working as a team as we journey ahead. We are Schalmont!
Why did you choose a career in education?
I have always loved school and the process of teaching and
learning. When it became time to decide on my future, I knew that I
wanted to work where I would have an influence on experiences for
children K-12. I have always loved learning, but didn't always fit
into the traditional educational system so I wanted to be able to have
an effect on this system in a way that engaged all learners.
To me, there is no greater calling than being directly involved in shaping a child's future. I was extremely interested in how young children begin to learn and more specifically, how they acquire literacy skills. This led me to pursue graduate and undergraduate degrees in elementary education with a focus on literacy. Over the course of my teaching career, I became interested in leadership roles, which grew into my pursuit of the principalship and from there higher level administrative positions.
Throughout my more than 25 years in education, I have always held firm to the belief that children come first and all the decisions we make as a school community need to be for their academic and social well-being. I am very focused currently on the NYS reform agenda and how we can ensure our students are well prepared for their futures by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to live and work successfully in the 21st century.
What would you like the Schalmont parents and community members to know about you?
I would like them to know that I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be the next superintendent of the Schalmont Central School District, and that I am excited to get to know them and for them to know me. I plan to make my home in the community and spend time with students, faculty, staff, parents and the broader community. I am interested in meeting you and learning from you, and plan to be visible at a wide variety of school and community events so that we may get to know each other better. Visit my "Superintendent's Corner" to view a list of upcoming events I am planning on attending.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Some people may be surprised to learn that I have an infatuation with motorcycles, especially Harley-Davidsons. I recently sold my 2003 Harley and wouldn't mind shopping around for a replacement!
What are some of your other hobbies and interests?
I love all types of music, and I've been playing the flute since the fifth-grade. I even produced a Miss Oswego County pageant as a trade-off with our local senior citizens center so that they would volunteer to serve as reading buddies with students in my school. I have a dog named Mickey, who is a Schnoodle and is pretty much in charge because I have spoiled him rotten. I enjoy taking him for walks as well as reading, golfing and traveling.