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Valhalla Middle/High School assistant principal Miriam Dobbs

Valhalla Hires Miriam Dobbs as VMHS Assistant Principal

Please welcome Miriam Dobbs as Valhalla Middle/High School's incoming assistant principal, who began working on July 1. The community will have the chance to meet her in August. “I was attracted to Valhalla because of its close-knit community and its strong commitment to the success of all students,” she said.

After searching for a person who would be the right fit to join Valhalla’s administrative team, the Board of Education has selected Miriam Dobbs as the new Middle/High School assistant principal.

The Westchester-native will begin working in district on July 1 and will be formally appointed at the July 2 school board meeting. To familiarize herself with staff members, the school’s culture and the campus, she will participate in professional development days at the end of June.

“I’m so excited to work in Valhalla,” said Ms. Dobbs. “I really look forward to continue building strong relationships with staff, students, parents and the greater community. I want to work to challenge the children to think deeply while giving them a voice to share their opinions.”

Prior to joining Valhalla, Ms. Dobbs worked in the Capital Region. She spent two years as the assistant principal of Hoosic Valley Junior/Senior High School and the previous two years as the house principal at Albany High School. She also has experience as a teacher, beginning her career at Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx before moving to Peekskill High School, where she was a math teacher and a department chair.

“I was attracted to Valhalla because of its close-knit community and its strong commitment to the success of all students,” she said. “I also see a diversity component that’s up and coming in the area.”

Ms. Dobbs is the third incoming administrative hire at VMHS; the school board recently appointed Jason Schrammel as Valhalla Middle School principal in May and John Hirsch as Valhalla High School principal in June. The three have bonded quickly and began planning for the 2019-20 academic year.

“I’m really excited to be a part of this team,” she said. “We will see things through a different lens because we haven’t been in Valhalla. That will offer new perspective to Valhalla’s practices.”

Over the past few years, Ms. Dobbs has been influential in Hoosic Valley for cultivating restorative practices and rebuilding relationships when they have been broken. These procedures have helped the school to openly discuss issues like bullying and have given students the resources they need to deal with similar problems.

During Valhalla’s interview process, Ms. Dobbs met some middle and high school students, and was impressed by their disposition and overall presence.

“The kids didn’t only come across as students but as members of the community,” she said. “You can see their commitment to being part of this community.”

Ms. Dobbs grew up in Peekskill and is a longtime basketball fan, playing since she was 5. She has a two-year-old daughter who she enjoys taking to the zoo or on other outdoor excursions.

The Valhalla community will have the opportunity to meet Ms. Dobbs at a Meet and Greet at the end of August.