Nov. 16, 2012
Last night Regina Yeo was appointed to the position of principal at Berne-Knox-Westerlo Elementary School.
“I’m looking forward to working with the students, staff and families of BKW to support the district’s mission of helping students be all they can be,” said Yeo.
Yeo will oversee the education programs and support services provided to around 500 students in grades K-6. In her duties as principal, she will maintain high academic standards and expectations and a healthy and safe learning environment; organize school-related activities; develop and evaluate curriculum; execute added evaluation requirements related to annual professional performance reviews for teachers; and communicate with students, parents and the community.
“I’m excited to have Regina join our district,” said Superintendent Dr. Dorward. “She has a strong background in character development and community spirit, which pairs her well with the BKW district. She is also tech-savvy and has a strong connection with kids as a former classroom teacher. Her array of knowledge and training in staff development, Common Core and APPR will help us continue to strengthen our educational program and address emerging changes in school testing and evaluation systems.”
Yeo comes to BKW from Holley Central School District, where she has worked as the elementary school principal since 2009 and as the assistant elementary school principal since 2007. During that time, she oversaw the implementation and staff adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the new APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) requirements. She also acted as the coordinator and trainer of professional development in which she focused on student achievement.
“My personal focus toward learning is to create a student-centered environment that encourages all children to become risk-takers while appreciating individual differences,” said Yeo. “I believe that education encompasses all aspects of student life and want to enable students to work to their full potential.”
Yeo earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Roberts Wesleyan College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She also attended the Massachusetts’s College of Liberal Arts’ Leadership Academy. She has certifications as a district administrator, school administrator and supervisor, in K-6 elementary education and in the English language arts.
Yeo considers herself an outdoors-woman; she loves to boat, fish and ride horses. Now that her four kids are all grown up, she owns two horses and a pony and enjoys being outside.
“I’m not worried about the weather in Berne,” Yeo said. “I’m from western New York, I’m used to the snow!”