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William Zimmer Appointed to New Position

The Highland Central School District is proud to announce that Highland High School (HHS) Principal William Zimmer has been appointed as the new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. He is replacing Sarah Dudley-Lemek, who accepted a leadership position at Ulster BOCES earlier this year.

“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Zimmer take over the reins to ensure that our focus on enhancing curriculum and instruction for all students remains the highest priority for our District,” said Highland Superintendent Joel Freer.

Zimmer is a veteran educator with more than 30 years experience. He has been employed at Highland since 2014. Prior to that, he worked in the Levittown Union Free School District as a Curriculum Associate for English Language Arts (ELA), a district-level position in which he supervised all ELA/English teachers, reading teachers, and library media specialists. He was also a building administrator at Rondout Valley Middle School.

His classroom experience includes teaching high school English, first at Pine Bush High School for seven years, and then at New Paltz High School for nine years. Prior to becoming principal at HHS he served as the building’s assistant principal.

Zimmer holds an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Nassau Community College, a bachelor’s degree in English Education from SUNY New Paltz, a master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Leadership from SUNY New Paltz.

Zimmer will assume his new role on July 1. He says he is looking forward to enlarging his educational community as he begins working with K-12 students, faculty, and staff. “When I first became a building administrator after teaching for many years, I liked to say that I expanded my classroom,” he said. “Now, I’m expanding that classroom even more.”

Even better, Zimmer will be doing so in a community he loves. “Highland is a special place,” he said. “I’ve always felt very welcome here, and I am proud of the strong relationships I’ve been able to build.”

Zimmer expects the new job will be challenging, but says he is ready to meet those challenges head-on. For now, he is focused on enjoying his last few weeks as principal, and being there for end-of-year events like prom and graduation.

“I’m happy that I’ll be able to finish out the school year and have a sense of closure with the students,” he said. “I’m going to miss my time at the High School, but I won’t be going far!”