The following was posted on the HF-L website on August 23, 2022.
The Board of Education accepted the retirement of Dr. Renée Williams, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Renée Williams announced her retirement from HF-L on August 23, 2022. Dr. Renee Williams has been with the HF-L school district since 2004. During her time at HF-L, Dr. Williams has:
- overseen the district librarians, Technology Department, Community Education, Professional Development, and teacher leaders,
- revised the manner and methods for documenting curriculum maps, unit plans, and assessments,
- added Advanced Placement coursework to increase student opportunities,
- developed articulations with local community colleges to allow for students to earn an Associate Degree while in high school,
- devised student technology focus groups for grades 3-12 to give students direct access to share their opinions regarding the use of technology as well as other instructional programs,
- developed the teacher leadership format to the current Instructional Leadership Council with Standards Coordinators and Grade Level Leaders working alongside instructional administrators,
- completed hundreds of teacher observations,
- worked with local colleges for the placement of student teachers,
- increased opportunities for financial returns on money spent on professional learning,
- enhanced the teacher mentoring and induction program to support new teachers,
- worked in conjunction with the Technology Department to create the plans for teaching and learning during COVID,
- worked with the teachers’ union to create the first Annual Professional Performance Review system, making updates as regulated by NYSED,
- worked with students and families in problem-solving issues,
- oversaw the homeschooling programs in the district, streamlining forms and communication, and
- shared HF-L’s instructional successes with other districts across the state and nation in published articles.
Dr. Williams graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary English Education and went on to Elmira College where she received her Masters degree in English with a focus on Mark Twain studies. She also attended SUNY Oswego for educational leadership, then the University of Rochester to earn her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Williams was the sixth teacher in New York State to receive National Board certification and has continued to renew this certification for the past 30 years.
Upon joining the District, Dr. Williams and her family relocated to Mendon where her daughters, Paige and Claire, both graduated from HF-L. “My husband and I were so pleased to have our daughters attend HF-L. It also gave me an opportunity to have the parent perspective regarding our educational program.”
“It has been an honor to serve the students and staff at HF-L,” said Dr. Williams. “There is no way to thank the teachers and staff for all that they do every day to help all students. There is more work to be done, and I am confident that it will happen. That’s the HF-L way.”