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Employee Profile: Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Pupil Service

In her second year as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Pupil Personnel Services for the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District, Naomi Ryfun said she is enjoying the different roles and responsibilities that come with the job.

“I am the one who is primarily responsible for knowing the Federal and State regulations and providing assistance at the program level to ensure that our students get what they need,” said Ryfun. “So, it’s a lot of responsibility.”

Ryfun, who graduated from SUNY Oswego with her master’s in literacy and Regent University with her doctorate in Educational Leadership, said her job is never boring and constantly changing. Ryfun oversees registration, and reviews all forms filed by students, parents, and community members under the Dignity for All Students Act. She also acts as the District’s McKinney-Vento Liaison and works with homeless students and their families in that role.

“I really serve as a support to our Superintendent, Eric,” said Ryfun. “So, he can be the face of the community and not get overwhelmed with paperwork.”

Ryfun’s main goal in her role is to ensure the curriculum being taught pre-K through 12th grade aligns to the New York State and national standards. She consistently checks in on classrooms, making sure teachers are teaching to those standards and provides feedback to every teacher in the district.

“Every time people ask ‘hey, how do you like your job?’ I smile, my face lights up, and it’s I love my job! I absolutely love my job,” said Ryfun. “It’s different every day. It’s definitely a position for people who are okay with setting aside daily goals and looking more towards the long-term vision.”