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Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small Announces Leadership Appointments

(October 13, 2021) The Rochester City School District is pleased to announce the following appointments:

  • Terri Orden as the Executive Director of Accountability and Student Registration, effective October 13, 2021.
  • Kathleen Trepanier as the Acting Principal of Anna Murray-Douglass Academy School No. 12, effective October 18, 2021.
  • Yajaira Nguyen as the Acting Principal of Enrico Fermi School No. 17, effective November 1, 2021.

Terri Orden Dr. Terri Orden Named Executive Director of Accountability and Student Registration

Dr. Orden takes on this new role after serving as the Executive Director of Program Efficiencies, Director of School and Program Efficiencies, and Director of Student Support Services. Prior to serving in these leadership roles, she started her education career in the RCSD as a school counselor. In her current role, she collaborates cross functionally to ensure scheduling of all students in schools and programs at all levels. In this new role, she will maintain many of the same responsibilities of her former role and will also be responsible for the development and dissemination of all achievement related data and will ensure the research, evaluation, analytics, and testing activities across the District. Additionally, she will direct the development of master schedules for students and provide guidance for student registration and placement.

Dr. Orden earned two bachelor’s degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, one in political science and one in psychology. She also earned a master’s degree in school counseling from Roberts Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in education leadership from St. John Fisher College. Dr. Order earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Rochester. She is a proud graduate of Wilson Magnet High School and a parent in the District. 

Kathleen Trepanier  Kathleen Trepanier Named Acting Principal of Anna Murray-Douglass Academy School No. 12

As a former Assistant Principal at Anna Murray-Douglass Academy (AMDA) School No. 12, Ms. Trepanier understands well the school culture, systems, processes, and more importantly the students and families. She worked closely with the school community to bring needed resources to the school, especially at the onset of COVID-19. Given reductions, she was unable to stay at School No. 12 and transferred to Edison Career and Technology High School last year to serve as Community School Site Coordinator. At Edison, she has been responsible for assisting the bilingual education program and needs. She focuses on school-wide culture building and all instructional initiatives. Ms. Trepanier joined the RCSD in 2016, serving as a Pre-K-3 ENL teacher at Francis Parker School No. 23, where she worked closely with English Language Learners, families, and staff. She spent one year at RISE Community School No. 106 as a K-2 Instructional Coach, working closely to lead professional development and provide interventions and tier 1 supports, modeling for the staff. She began her education career in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District and worked eight years there as a K-5 ENL teacher, teaching a diverse student population working closely with English Language Learners and their families while also providing professional support to teachers and staff. She was promoted to Assistant Principal and for two years worked to guide and mentor teachers as a key area of responsibility before returning to Rochester. 

Ms. Trepanier earned a bachelor’s degree in childhood education and psychology from St. John Fisher College, and from Winthrop University, she earned a master’s degree in education and teaching English as a second or foreign language and a master’s degree in educational leadership. She is currently working toward completion of a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester. Ms. Trepanier is thrilled to be returning to AMDA as Acting Principal. 

Yajaira Nguyen  Yajaira Nguyen Named Acting Principal of Enrico Fermi School No. 17

Ms. Nguyen served the RCSD as a bilingual special education teacher across K-6 grade levels, working at Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45 and Abraham Lincoln School No. 22. She was a special educator teacher at East High School and then at East Lower School. She served as a bilingual instructional coach, Expanded Learning Resource Coordinator, English Language Learning instructional coach, and testing liaison while on special assignments. She then moved into administration, working as a Coordinating Administrator for Special Education at Central Office. She was briefly a vice principal and educational coordinator at Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School. She returned to the District as a Coordinating Administrator of Special Education before earning the promotion to her current role as an Assistant Principal at Abraham Lincoln School No. 22. At School No. 22, she leads many initiatives to ensure both instructional and operational leadership. Her experience includes significant engagement with students and families, working closely to meet the needs of English Language Learners, ensuring bilingual education and special education needs are met. Throughout her career, she led significant professional development to ensure best practices and compliance. She also has significant experience monitoring and implementing school improvement plans. 

Ms. Nguyen earned a bachelor’s degree in childhood and special education with a concentration in educational technology from St. John Fisher College and a professional extension in bilingual education from Nazareth College. She earned a master’s degree in childhood curriculum specialist and a certificate of advanced study in education administration from SUNY Brockport.

Please join us in congratulating Terri, Kathleen, and Yajaira on their new roles.