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Meet Turnpike Elementary's New Principal: Meredith Rivet

Meredith RivetJuly 14, 2021

Near the end of last school year, we let you know that Meredith Rivet had been appointed as the new Principal of Turnpike Elementary. Mrs. Rivet began her new role at Turnpike Principal this month and we are excited to have her join Assistant Principal Cataldo in running Turnpike.

We cannot wait for our current and incoming Turnpike families to meet her! Since the start of the 21-22 school year is a little ways off, we checked in with Mrs. Rivet to ask a few “get to know you” questions so the TES community could learn a little more about her before September.

Tell us a little about your background.

I have been in education for over 20 years. I began my teaching career in public schools where I taught 1st grade, then was a grade K-5 reading AIS teacher then transitioned back to the classroom to teach 5th grade.

When I started working in school administration I became the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Coordinator for Brittonkill. I then moved to Schenectady where I was an Instructional Supervisor, working with teachers coaching and curriculum. Since I'm from Waterford, I was hoping to find a home near there and I believe I have found one here in Lansingburgh.

What drew you to the Turnpike Elementary Principal position?

I'm very passionate about teaching reading skills and their importance for young students. Since Turnpike is home to Lansingburgh's Pre-K through 2nd-grade students, it's a primary focus area for everyone in the building - I felt it was a good place to be given my background, interests and passion.

Additionally, Lansingburgh is an area known for its tight-knit sense of community and its hard-working, committed families. I was excited at the chance to work with that community and am thrilled to now be a part of it.

What do you hope to accomplish in your first few weeks and months at Turnpike?

Among other things, right now and when the school year starts in September one of my main goals is to begin building strong relationships with as many Turnpike students, families, faculty and staff as possible.  

What’s something about your work style you want Turnpike families and faculty/staff to know about you right off the bat?

I want families and staff to know I am a collaborative person. I believe we all need to work together as a school community to ensure Turnpike an environment where everything we do is for the benefit of our students.

Finally, what’s life like outside of work?

I have four children between the ages of 12-28 and love spending time with them. Other things you can find me doing in my free time outside work include reading, hiking and yoga.