Lauren Dunn has joined the OESJ school community as the Principal for the High School of Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville. She comes to OESJ from the Cohoes City School District where she most recently served as a special education teacher in the high school.
Prior to Cohoes, Dunn gained her dual master’s degree in childhood and special education. Following college, Dunn served for seven years in the Rome City School District where she taught Special Education and English at Rome Free Academy.
With over eleven years of experience in the education field, Dunn’s new position has moved her back home near the Utica area, and she is grateful for the opportunity to be closer to her family. “It’s been interesting because you don’t really realize where life is going to take you while you’re in the process,” Dunn said.
Dunn now looks to launch the school district forward with an emphasis on a sense of community this year while doing everything she can to help the students succeed. “I think it’s important that we work as a team and we are all here for the same goal of seeing the students be successful inside and out of the classroom,” Dunn said.
“Knowing that you make a difference in kids lives every day is the most important part of my job,” Dunn said. With the help of her colleagues throughout the school, Dunn said she is excited for the school year and is looking forward to helping OESJ support its students and community members throughout the district.