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2018-08-08 / Education

Sweet Home appoints new middle school administrative team

On Aug. 1, the Sweet Home Board of Education approved the recommendation to appoint Derek Baker and Raymond Bailey as the new principal and assistant principal of Sweet Home Middle School.

Baker currently serves as the principal of the Math Science Tech Academy in the City of Buffalo, a position he has held since April 2017.

“Mr. Baker has been charged with turning around one of Buffalo’s most challenging schools and has done an amazing job transforming the culture to one where teaching and learning are central and the student management issues that used to overwhelm the learning process have been harnessed,” said Anthony Day, Sweet Home School District superintendent.

Baker began his career as a teacher aide and, upon completing his certification coursework, was appointed as a sixth-grade teacher at Buffalo United Charter School.

In 2014, he began his work as the dean of students at Buffalo United. Baker earned his administrative credentials from Canisius College in 2015 and was appointed assistant principal at North Park Academy in February 2016. In June of that year, he joined Math Science Tech as the assistant principal for the middle school component of the Math Science Tech Academy.

Baker replaces Martin Pizur, who moves to a new role as principal for pupil personnel at the district level. It is expected that Baker will join the Sweet Home Middle School staff for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Raymond Bailey currently serves as the dean of students at the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School, a post he has filled since May 2017.

“Ray has worked diligently with the school’s leadership team to craft a system-wide approach to student management and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the school’s intervention plan,” Day said.

Prior to his service at the Science Academy Charter School, Bailey served as a school counselor at the Stanley G. Falk School. He maintained a caseload of very high-needs children, served as a trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention services and expanded college preparatory services for Falk School students.

Bailey is expected to begin his new post at Sweet Home Middle on Aug. 13.

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