Zipp-McLaughlin appointed new IHS Principal

Zipp-McLaughlin is new IHS Principal
Posted on 06/07/2019
Graphic with pic of Zipp-McLaughlin

Ms. Alecia Zipp-McLaughlin was appointed the new Principal of Irondequoit High School on Thursday night by the West Irondequoit Central School District's Board of Education. She is currently serving her fourth year as Freshman Academy Director at East Upper High School while also supervising its 7-12 English Department.

Ms. Zipp-McLaughlin has spent her entire 23-year career in the Rochester City School District as an administrator and teacher, creating and fostering a positive educational culture through restorative practices, strong leadership and building relationships. Her work with ninth-graders is of special note and has been instrumental in demonstrating definable success. That includes East improving its graduation rate from 33% to 61% and a significant drop in suspension rates.

She utilizes clear and consistent communication with students and parents about expectations and support. Ms. Zipp-McLaughlin is a collaborative leader who thrives on daily interaction and relating to all students. She also understands how using data can be a critical tool to drive a student’s academic achievement.

 Her other experiences include:

  • Program Administrator (2015-2019)
  • Vice Principal (2009-2015)
  • Coordinating Administrator of Special Education (2006-2009)
  • Teacher, ELA and Special Education (1996-2006)

A native of Dolgeville in Herkimer County, east of Utica, she earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology (elementary education minor) from Saint John Fisher College in 1994. She also holds Master of Science degrees from Nazareth College in special education and St. John Fisher in educational administration.

Ms. Zipp-McLaughlin is a West Irondequoit resident with two children who currently attend Irondequoit High School: Meghan, a senior, and Kalan, a freshman. She understands the District’s commitment to developing well-rounded young adults ready to take on challenges in a global and diverse society. Ms. Zipp-McLaughlin will succeed Mr. Doug Lauf, who is departing to serve as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations for the Fairport Central School District. He has been the leader at IHS for five years. 

Ms. Zipp-McLaughlin is scheduled to start July 7. WICSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Aaron Johnson, thanks the 60-plus faculty, staff, administrators, students and parents who participated in the interview and selection process. The input was a critical and valued asset in making the decision, he said.

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