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Nardin Welcomes Two New Principals

In an effort to maximize student potential, Nardin Academy is pleased to announce a new vision for the Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year.

Nardin Elementary will now be structured with the primary grades (K-4) and the middle school grades (5-8) as independent programs allowing specialized leaders and their teams of faculty to expertly coordinate and synergize student growth.

Effective July 1, 2018, there will be two new principals in the school located in the heart of the Elmwood Village at 135 Cleveland Avenue. This unique two-principal system has been created following the retirement of current Elementary Principal Margaret Abels, who has been a member of the Nardin faculty since 1982, and led the school through significant changes in her 11 years as school principal, including moving away from New York State testing and embracing a new elementary schedule.

Christopher Pitek, who currently holds the position of Assistant Principal of the Elementary School, has accepted the role of Middle School Principal, grade 5 through grade 8, and Callie Georger, a member of the Nardin faculty since 2011, will fill the position of Lower School Principal, Kindergarten through grade 4.

"Both Chris and Callie will join a distinguished group of educational leaders at Nardin under the wise mentorship of Rebecca Reeder, Senior VP for Academics," said Nardin Academy President Marsha Joy Sullivan. "I am filled with excitement and anticipation for the future of Nardin Academy as these two dynamic leaders work collaboratively alongside Montessori Principal Kristin Whitlock and High School Principal Adrienne Forgette to contribute to our overall strategic growth and insure our position of strength in the Western New York region and beyond."

Chris Pitek earned his Masters in Educational Administration from Canisius College and taught at both Canisius High School and Holy Spirit Catholic High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A vibrant leader in his current role as Assistant Principal of the Elementary School, Chris looks forward to the opportunity to create a unique program of excellence for Nardin Middle School.

"I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to be the Principal of Nardin Middle School next year. The division of our traditional Elementary school into a lower school and middle school will open up new avenues to educate our students in a 21st Century Learning environment," said Chris Pitek. "I look forward to working with the leadership team, teachers, students and parents in my new role."

Callie Georger holds a BA in English and MS in Education from Canisius College and is currently taking her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership at Buffalo State College. She has taught and tutored across both lower and middle schools and has been instrumental in assisting teachers in 1:1 Chromebook initiatives, modeled Project-Based Learning and helped facilitate MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing and training.

"Nardin's transition into a lower and middle school model allows us to focus on what is developmentally appropriate for each student. I am looking forward to working with our dedicated faculty and staff members as we continue to implement best practices in 21st century learning. I am both thrilled and humbled to have been given this opportunity," said Callie Georger.

We look forward to an exciting 2018-19 for both Lower and Middle School!

Photo: Chris Pitek and Callie Georger at the ISM Transformative Leadership Workshop