Meet Kelly Webster — Watervliet Junior-Senior High School's new assistant principal
A familiar face at Watervliet Elementary School steps into a new role – and a new building – this year. Kelly Webster, who taught fourth grade for the past eight years, was appointed assistant principal of Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School in May. She replaces Loida Lewinter, who began serving as the principal of Watervliet Elementary School as of July 1.
The former grade 4 teacher served as an administrative intern at WES last year. Since returning from maternity leave in early August, she has been busily preparing for the new school year and is eager to begin working with students, faculty and staff when school starts on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Mrs. Webster had planned to enroll in law school after earning her bachelor's degree from Siena College (Go Saints!), but realized her true calling was education so she instead applied to graduate school on the very last day possible, she said, at the College of Saint Rose to study early childhood education. Mrs. Webster earned her master's degree while working in the Albany City School District as a teaching assistant. Mrs. Webster said her time spent providing instructional support in the Albany classrooms inspired her to return to St. Rose to pursue certification in special education. Ten years later, she returned a third time to St. Rose to pursue her certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership.
I chose to become an educator because every day you are able to see the fruits of your labor. There is no better feeling than watching students learn a new concept; or better yet, watching a struggling student finally get it. When I was in fourth grade, I struggled in math and I had a teacher, Mrs. Ferguson, who pushed me and worked with me and encouraged me to never give up. I think she’s the reason I am here today. I want to do for others what she did for me.
What are you looking forward to most in your new position?
I am looking forward to seeing how our former WES students have grown and developed. I am also looking forward to working with the students, faculty, and staff. I know that we can all learn from each other. I have great ideas and they have great ideas, and put together we can ensure success for all our students.
What are your goals, long term or immediate?
My immediate goal is to learn everyone’s name and location! Just kidding, but honestly, I want to build positive relationships with everyone. I want everyone to know that my highest priority is the educational success of all students, an area where I am not willing to compromise.
My long term goals are to support teachers, and help deliver best practices into the classroom so that our students are successful not only at WJSHS, but beyond.
What activities do you enjoy in your free time?
I recently had my second child, so I have been pretty busy and free time is limited. However, I enjoy exercising, mostly yoga, and being around family and friends.
What’s your favorite type of music?
I honestly like everything, except heavy metal, which is funny because my husband loves it. If I had to pick a favorite though, I guess it would be country. I’ve been to Nashville and it’s pretty amazing.
What is your favorite book, or current book that you are reading?
I have been reading a lot of princess stories lately. My three year old is really into all things Disney. At night, before I go to bed, I like to read through educational blogs though, I enjoy hearing others opinions and they’re the perfect length before I close my eyes!
Do you have Any pets?
I have a Boxer named Butkas, and a fish named Goldie.
What makes you laugh?
I laugh when others laugh and I am quite the jokester, so watch out!!!
Any other thoughts you'd like to share?
I just want to let everyone know how excited and humbled I am for this experience. I love Watervliet. I love the students, the parents, and the community. I am excited and grateful to be part of it.