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WCSD Announces New Willink MS Assistant Principals

WCSD is pleased to announce that Ashley Socola and Jason Simoni have accepted positions as new assistant principals of Willink Middle School's Blue and Green Houses, respectively. Both Ms. Socola and Mr. Simoni will begin their new positions on July 1, pending Webster CSD Board of Education approval during its May 9 meeting. Ms. Socola will be replacing interim Blue House Assistant Principal Annette McCabe. Mr. Simoni will replace Jeremy McBride who will be moving to Webster Thomas High School to serve as an assistant principal for that school community. WCSD thanks both Ms. McCabe and Mr. McBride for their service to Willink.

Ms. Socola is currently an assistant principal at Merton Williams Middle School in the Hilton Central School District, a position she has served in since 2016. While at Hilton CSD, she co-chaired the district improvement team, was responsible for the school’s scheduling, and worked with her colleagues and students to support that district’s 1:1 technology initiative. She has an extensive background in playing and coaching basketball and enjoys sharing the invaluable life lessons athletics has taught her with students. Ms. Socola began her career as a teacher at Penfield CSD, where she also served as an administrative intern. She then served as a life skills coordinator at Monroe Community College and later returned to the classroom to continue teaching. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Syracuse University and her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester.

Mr. Simoni is a proud alumni of Webster CSD and is returning to the One Webster community from Bishop Kearney High School, where he has served as principal since 2015. During his tenure, Mr. Simoni implemented an innovative mentoring program for students and supported teachers as the school experienced growth in AP course offerings, and improved national test scores and overall enrollment. Prior to his leadership role at Bishop Kearney, Mr. Simoni served as summer school principal and middle school teacher in the Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools. An avid runner, he spent eight years as the varsity head track and cross country coach for McLean High School while working in Virginia. He began his career in education as a middle school social studies teacher in the Sarasota County (Florida) Public Schools. Mr. Simoni earned his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and his master’s degree from National Louis University.
Willink MS Assistant Principals Ashley Socola and Jason Simoni

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