Superintendent Dr. Vicky Ramos
Greater Amsterdam School District Superintendent Dr. Vicky Ramos began leading the district Aug. 1, 2016.
Dr. Ramos comes to the GASD from the Rochester City School District, where she served as an educator and administrator for 26 years. Beginning as a middle school Spanish teacher in 1989, she assumed directorship of the district’s foreign languages program before moving into administrative roles as assistant principal, academy director, principal and executive director.
Dr. Ramos holds an Ed.D in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. She received her master’s degree in liberal arts and Spanish, and her certificate of advanced study degree in educational administration from SUNY Brockport. She earned her bachelor’s degree in multilingual education at Florida State University. Ramos began her education career as a high school Spanish teacher at Bound Brook High School in New Jersey.
Improving school attendance
One of Dr. Ramos’ goals as superintendent is to improve school attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. She has led the district in developing infrastructure to support student attendance accountability, developing system to ensure student receive support to increase attendance and promoting parent involvement with attendance goals.
The district’s 2017018 strategic plan included implementing several initiatives that build upon attendance initiatives already in place and implement others that support overall student wellness.
Dr. Ramos launched a “Strive for 95” attendance campaign that encouraged students and their families to help schools reach 95 percent attendance each school day.
Creating additional pathways
During the 2017-18 school year, Dr. Ramos sought approval from the district’s Board of Education to start a new College and Career P-TECH Pathway (CCP) program at Amsterdam High School. The board supports the program, which would offer students four new pathways to graduation: cybersecurity, early childhood and social work, fine arts and the existing Smart Scholars initiative.
Students take the lead role in their learning, taking college-level, credit-bearing courses from their first year. Students will simultaneously earn Regents high school diplomas and associate’s degrees (at no cost to their families) from Fulton-Montgomery Community College in four to six years.
Building student partnerships
During her second year, Dr. Ramos created the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Group, a board of a dozen student representatives of varying grades at Amsterdam High School.
Each month, Dr. Ramos meets with them to discuss student culture and barriers they may have to being successful students.
Early on, Dr. Ramos sought student opinion regarding the implementation of additional pathways to graduation, as well as other district initiatives.