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New Director of Curriculum Role at Rondout Valley

The Rondout Valley Central School District is pleased to announce that Natalie Harjes has joined the District as its Director of Curriculum. This newly created position is responsible for overseeing the design, development, and implementation of curriculum initiatives across all K-12 educational programs. 

Harjes comes to Rondout Valley from the Wallkill Central School District (WCSD), where she had served as the principal at Ostrander Elementary School since 2018. Her understanding of teaching methodologies, prevailing education trends, and the decision-making competencies essential for an effective school community make her an ideal fit for the director of curriculum position. Prior to her time at WCSD, she was a content specialist at Ulster BOCES, and a literacy coach at the Kingston City School District. 

Harjes holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, a Master of Science in Special Education from The College of Saint Rose, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Leadership from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  

As the Director of Curriculum, Harjes will also focus on the areas of English as a New Language and World Languages, in collaboration with building principals and the administration. In addition, she will be involved in strategic planning, curriculum design, staff management, and collaboration with internal and external partners to continuously improve the District’s educational offerings.

Rondout Valley Central School District Assistant Superintendent of Schools & Operations Lisa Pacht is thrilled to have Harjes join the District’s educational team. “Natalie has a strong knowledge of the State’s learning standards, standards-based curriculum and assessment, project-based learning, data analysis, and technology integration,” she said. “I am looking forward to working with her as our new director of curriculum.”

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