Cairo-Durham CSD welcomed Dr. Michelle Reed as the Executive Director of Learning in September 2019.
Dr. Reed works closely with faculty and administrators to support student learning through K-12 curriculum and professional development for teachers.
Learn more about Dr. Reed below, including her best advice and what interesting instrument she plays:
What is your role here at Cairo-Durham Central School District, and where do you work?
I am the Executive Director of Learning. My job covers K-12 so I work in all buildings.
How long have you worked here?
I started on September 3, 2019.
What are your job responsibilities/priorities?
As Executive Director of Learning, my job entails all things curriculum. My main duties will be working with faculty and administrators on understanding and meeting state standards and curriculum mandates, as well as overseeing the English as a New Language (ENL) program and school improvement efforts with building leaders.
I coordinate and provide professional development for teachers through My Learning Plan, along with other curriculum-related platforms such as SchoolZilla and I-Ready. I will also assist the District with federal grants such as Title I and School Improvement.
What is your background like – previous jobs, your education, etc.?
I began as a secondary English teacher at Union-Endicott Central School District, then became a district peer instructional coach before making my way into administration. I started my administrator career at Walton CSD as their K-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Tech Supervisor and Federal Grant Coordinator. I then returned to Union-Endicott CSD where I was the Director of Curriculum for K-5, ENL Coordinator and Homeschool Coordinator.
What do you like most about your job?
I am a “people person” so I love working with teachers and my peers. I also love being in the buildings to see students and to find ways to help staff.
What goals do you hope to accomplish at Cairo-Durham?
My first goal is to establish relationships and trust. I hope to be a resource for staff and administrators alike. I also want to be involved in our community.
Tell us a bit about your life outside of school.
I always make time for nature; hiking, long walks and contemplation. I also enjoy playing tennis (I coached tennis for seven years at Union-Endicott) and I play the cello.
Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
For a short time, I worked in a factory that made socks. I was in the shipping department and had to fill endless orders and boxes with packaged socks.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
What you see is what you get. I am an open person and believe in being myself..
What is the best advice anyone has given you?