Bradley Is Named New JHS Principal

Rosemary Bradley

The Jamestown High School will be led by an unfamiliar face next year, but Rosemary Bradley will begin building relationships with staff and students as soon as possible.

Bradley was named the new principal during Wednesday’s meeting of the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education.

“It was very exciting because I was looking for a place like Jamestown,” Bradley said following her appointment about being offered the position. “I’m from out of town. I love the city aspect. I love the diversity. I love the different kinds of people that are in Jamestown and the kids. I love the fact there are some fantastic things happening in Jamestown in the school district, but there’s also places to grow.”

Bradley currently serves as an assistant principal at BOCES in Sullivan County. She will begin her duties in Jamestown beginning July 1. Bradley was offered the position in April, but will not begin to meet her staff until she is officially complete with her current job.

Bradley has more than 23 years experience as an educator. In her position, she supported teachers in their progress monitoring and instructional planning, functioned as academic summer school principal, improved communications between school and families, worked with special education systems, and worked with high needs/at-risk students.

“I’m loving the fact that I’m going to be in a place that’s healthy, but has room to grow and hit the ground running,” she said.

Bradley was a science teacher for 19 years in grades six through 12 in the Rochester City School District. While at Rochester, she was also a curriculum writer for ELA and science, served as a literacy coach and new teacher mentor, and helped facilitate professional development for staff.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Bradley into our Jamestown Public School family,” Apthorpe said. “Her wide-ranging educational experience, passion to see all children succeed both academically as well as socially and emotionally, combined with her enthusiasm to engage families and community, makes her a perfect fit to lead Jamestown High School.”

Bradley received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester, master’s degree in Secondary Science Education from the SUNY College at Brockport and her bachelor’s degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

“I am very excited to join the Jamestown community and be part of an impressive leadership team with Dr. Apthorpe,” Bradley said. “I am humbled that I have been considered worthy to lead the students and staff at Jamestown High School toward a new level of accomplishments. I look forward to meeting the families, students, staff and community members who have invested their lives to make Jamestown Public Schools the unique gem it is.”

In February, high school principal Mike McElrath — who served in the role for eight years — was named leader of the future Success Academy opening in the fall. The academy will be housed in the former Rogers Elementary School.

McElrath is finishing his duties as high school principal for the remainder of the current school year. JPS Superintendent Bret Apthorpe described McElrath’s move as a “perfect match.”

McElrath will help with the transition of the incoming high school principal.

“One of my biggest goals is to build relationships and at this point I know nothing and have no answers. However, see me in a year and I’ll give you a lot more,” she said. “However, the No. 1 goal is for me to get to know the staff and the students of that high school and it will be out that interaction and out building those relationships that then I can decide where I need grow. So my passion for getting to know people as people is going to be first.”