BY RACHEL ROOF
Allison Cimmerer from Webster was hired as the new principal for the Lima Primary School this coming school year, and she is eager to become a part of the Honeoye Falls-Lima district.
Cimmerer began her journey towards becoming a principal when she received her undergraduate in elementary education at SUNY Fredonia. Straight from college she began working at Kendall Schools, near Brockport, where she taught kindergarten. After nine years she went to Pittsford Schools, where she worked for seven years as a first grade teacher. During her teaching years, Cimmerer received both her masters in reading at St. Bonaventure and her certificate of advanced study in Educational Leadership at the University of Rochester.
Despite this coming year being her first time as a principal, Cimmerer has significant experience in the field of leadership. At both Kendall and Pittsford, she worked as a grade level chair, and at Pittsford she worked as the Technology chair for five years. Although she loved being a teacher and interacting with the kids, Cimmerer wanted to have a larger impact.
As the new principal, Cimmerer wants to build trust and connections with the school community. She loves the programs and the people in the HF-L district and wants to continue to learn more.
“I really have heard such great things happening here,” she says, “I want to learn more about it.”
Cimmerer wants to continue to expand programs such as the Maker Fairs and the Outdoor Classroom because she believes that they are helping students problem solve and learn more hands-on.
Cimmerer is ecstatic for the year to start up so that she can meet the students, because teaching and leading children has always been her passion.
“I’m just so excited to get the kids here,” she says, “It’s kind of lonely in the summer when it’s empty.”
She won’t have to wait long for the school year to start up in September, when the students come through the Lima Primary doors.