By Deb Everts
A new principal is at the helm of the Ellicottville Elementary School. Maren Bush started her dual position as Elementary Principal/Director of Curriculum on Dec. 3.
Bush was appointed to the position upon the recommendation of Robert Miller, Superintendent of Schools, at a board of education meeting held Nov. 6.
The appointment came after William Delity, who was appointed Aug. 14, stepped down after holding the position for a short time.
Richard Schaefer has been serving as Interim Elementary Principal since October 10.
According to Bush, this is her first year at Ellicottville Central School District. Before her new appointment as principal and curriculum director, she has worked at Allegany/Limestone School District as a speech language pathologist for 15 years.
In addition to her primary role in education, she has also worked part-time in outpatient clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and was an independent contractor providing speech and language services with the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau’s Children with Special Needs program.
“I was a Speech Language Pathologist at Allegany/Limestone, but took a professional leave of absence to complete an extensive administrative internship at Franklinville Central School District this past fall,” she said. “While at Franklinville, I assumed administrative duties and participated on numerous committees. These included the curriculum leadership team, school improvement team, professional development team, safety committee and mental health/trauma team.”
Bush said her goal as principal is to support all children in their development of learning and to facilitate success for all.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the Ellicottville community and contribute to the outstanding tradition of excellence in which it is known for,” she said.
Bush is graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia where she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology.
She most recently attended the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education PreK-12 Educational Leadership program.
Originally from Olean, Bush is a passionate volunteer with The Pink Pumpkin Project in Allegany, a local, not-for-profit organization which provides emotional and financial support to men and women fighting breast cancer.
She volunteers her time throughout the year, however, as her primary role is to coordinate and organize their annual 5K Walk/Run event that is held in Allegany.
Bush has been a volunteer head coach for the “Girls on the Run” (GOTR) program for the last three years. The program is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which incorporates physical activity (running) and social emotional learning for girls in grades 3-5.
She said there is a specific curriculum taught by the coaches which covers the core values of GOTR: empowerment, responsibility, intentionality, diversity, connectedness, joy, optimism, gratitude, nurturing, health, open-heartedness and compassion.
“The culminating celebration is completing a 5k run with a running buddy at the University of Buffalo stadium,” she said. “It’s a wonderful, inspiring program that empowers our girls to be leaders, make healthy choices, give back to the community and embrace their individuality while taking responsibility to help others.”
Anyone with questions, comments, suggestions or concerns regarding Ellicottville Elementary should contact Bush at 699-2318, ext. 1601, or email her at email@example.com.