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Clarkstown's New Curriculum Chief Has Ivy League Background

Susan Yom
Susan Yom Photo Credit: Clarkstown Central School District

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. – Clarkstown school officials have appointed a curriculum expert they say will help transform the “educational experience” for students.

Harvard-educated Susan Yom was unanimously chosen by the school board in August as the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum instruction, a newly created position.

According to Schools Superintendent Martin Cox, Yom has the “skills, knowledge and experience” that the district needs.

The district, which has more than 8,400 students, expects that she will work with its "outstanding teaching staff and principals" to transform the educational experience for students, Cox added.

Yom’s official start date is Wednesday, Sept. 28. She will receive a yearly salary of $180,000.

Yom started in the education field more than 20 years ago as a classroom teacher.

She will be leaving the New Rochelle school district in Westchester County where she is currently its cabinet-level director of research, assessment and accountability and chief information officer. The New Rochelle  district has 12,000 students.

As a leader in the areas of curriculum and instruction, she implemented new models of instruction and strategic approaches to teaching reading and math, Cox said.

She also developed ways to improve resources for students who are struggling academically.

Yom's focus includes helping teachers develop professionally, the superintendent said.

Yom was assistant principal of Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle where she instituted leadership practices on strengthening curriculum and instruction.

Cox said Yom’s work there led to a 55 percent increase in English language proficiency and "significantly" improved graduation rates.

Yom has master’s degrees from both Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and Columbia University, Teachers College, where she is pursuing her doctorate.

She did her undergraduate work at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and is a graduate of Bronx High School of Science.

Yom is certified in New York both as a principal and school district administrator for grades K-12..

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