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New Nardin principal is graduate of Clarence High, Colgate

Nardin Academy has appointed a former Western New Yorker and a graduate of Clarence High School as its new high school principal.

Adrienne Forgette will start the job July 1.

“I wholeheartedly believe in dedicating my life to the empowerment of girls and will work tirelessly to make Nardin a model for Catholic education,” Forgette said in a statement.

Forgette comes to Nardin with 14 years of experience in education, including as the academic dean for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She also worked as the media arts director and a college counselor for the Darlington School in Rome, Ga.

“Adrienne’s work will amplify the individual strengths of our students and faculty at an important time in Nardin’s history,” said Nardin Academy President Marsha Joy Sullivan. “With Adrienne at the helm, as we move beyond New York State Regents testing, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for the future of our high school as we contribute to our strategic growth and insure our position of strength in the future of independent schools.”

Forgette stood out in a national search for her focus on the individual student and commitment to education.

“Adrienne has all the qualities we are looking for in a Nardin principal – she is personable, energetic, works collaboratively and is open to new experiences. With two daughters of her own, she is committed to girls’ education and girls’ leadership,” said Senior Vice President for Academics Rebecca Reeder. “In addition to these qualities, her variety of professional experiences has provided her the depth of skills necessary to make a difference in the Nardin community.”

Forgette has been a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, a recipient of the Carla and Leonard Wood Distinguished Teaching Fellowship and a Holland and Knight Holocaust Remembrance Teaching Fellow. She has a bachelor's degree in English and educational studies from Colgate University and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland.


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