Principal Kathleen Bush to retire

Principal Kathleen Bush to retire after 24 years with West Irondequoit
Posted on 09/04/2020

The retirement of longtime administrator and West Irondequoit educational leader, Miss Kathleen Bush, was announced at Thursday’s West Irondequoit CSD Board of Education meeting. Miss Bush’s last day is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2020. She has worked in the district since 1996 and been Principal at Briarwood and Colebrook elementary schools since 2007.

“In her time at West Irondequoit, Kathleen has earned tremendous respect for enthusiastic leadership and support,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Aaron Johnson. “Widely respected for her deep understanding of elementary teaching and learning, Kathleen is an instructional leader amongst leaders and commonly looked to for wisdom and advice. Students and families will miss her smile and relentless support as they set the foundation of their educational experience. We will remember her warmth and encouragement and will always consider her a colleague and friend.”

The district will announce its leadership transition plan for Briarwood/Colebrook next week.

“I love our town and school community. I love my colleagues an being in education,” Bush said. “This is an elective decision to retire to spend more time with my family.”

Miss Bush started in the district as a student-teacher in 1996 before becoming a second-grade teacher at Colebrook in the spring of 1997. She went on to teach fifth grade and sixth-grade ELA/social studies at Rogers Middle School. In 2003, she became a teacher on special assignment for ELA then took over as Assistant Principal at Dake Junior High School in 2005. A year later, she was the Assistant Principal at Iroquois Middle School and Colebrook while also serving as the K-6 ELA/Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor.

“I want to be able to provide that consistency and love and support for our children, families and teachers (over the next few weeks) as we get back into our schools,” Bush said. “It’s going to be hard, but I have nothing but pride, joy and confidence in our team.”