Albion hires Brad Pritchard to serve as next middle school principal

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 April 2017 at 10:21 am

Provided photo: Brad Pritchard has served as junior-senior high principal in Barker the past three years.

ALBION – The Board of Education has picked an Albion graduate who also taught in the district and served as an assistant principal to be the next principal of the middle school.

Brad Pritchard starts on July 1, taking over for Dan Monacelli, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

“I’m extremely excited to be able to come back and serve my community,” Pritchard said this morning. “There are a lot of great qualities in Albion. There is a very talented and gifted group of students who have a lot of diversity.”

Pritchard graduated from Albion in 1991. He and his wife Jamie, a speech pathologist in the elementary school, have three children in the Albion school district. Bryce is a sophomore, Leah is in seventh grade and Drew is a second-grader.

Pritchard earned his bachelor’s degree at Cortland, and then his master’s in education at the University at Buffalo. He earned his certifications in district and building level administration from The College at Brockport.

He worked 14 years as a science teacher in Albion before going into administration. He started as a dean of students and then as assistant principal in the high school.

He took the principal position at Barker three years ago. Pritchard said he has enjoyed the smaller-school setting at Barker.

“It’s a very closeknit community,” he said about Barker. “It’s bittersweet to leave. It’s been a great experience.”

He doesn’t have an assistant principal or dean of students at Barker, which is same arrangement at the middle school in Albion.

“In Albion I already know many of the students and the families,” Pritchard said. “I’m extremely excited to get back.”

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