Albion’s elementary school principal leaving for job in Chautauqua
ALBION – Rachel Curtin, the principal at the Ronald L. Sodoma Elementary School the past seven years ,is leaving Albion to lead the Chautauqua Lake Elementary School in Mayville.
That is near her hometown of Ripley. Chautauqua Lake is a merged district of Ripley and Mayville.
Curtin’s resignation was accepted during a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. She starts her new job on Monday.
“I’m really grateful for the time I have had here,” Curtin said today. “I worked with so many wonderful and caring teachers. Our students also are an inspiration, they really are.”
Curtin joined Albion after working as a principal in Silver Creek, which is also in her home county of Chautauqua. She started her career as a music teacher.
She said the Covid-19 pandemic made her want to be closer to her family back home.
“I really thought I would retire at Albion,” Curtin said. “Chautauqua Lake is my hometown. The Covid crisis has taught us family is so important to have in your life.”
The Board of Education on Tuesday also accepted the resignations of Lisa Burlison, an AIS and reading teacher at the elementary and middle schools, and Anna Atwater, an elementary vocal music teacher.