Drake and Spruce Elementary Schools warmly welcome new principals for the 2016-17 school year. Katie Smith has been named principal at Drake School. Patti Adler will move from Drake to Spruce Elementary, as Spruce's principal Vicki Pohlman retires on June 30.
Mrs. Smith joined the North Tonawanda School District last year dividing her assistant principal duties between Meadow Elementary and the High School. Prior to joining the North Tonawanda team, Mrs. Smith served students at Hillview Elementary in Lancaster Central School District. Throughout her time in Lancaster, she had many opportunities to take on leadership roles, both at Hillview and throughout the district. She holds a bachelor’s degree in childhood education, master’s degree as literacy specialist, and second master’s degree in educational leadership.
Mrs. Adler joined the district as a social worker and after earning her administrative degree she served the school district in several administrative positions. For the past four years, she has been principal at Drake and prior to that she was principal at Meadow for six years.