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New Principal Appointed at Transit Middle

The Williamsville Board of Education has appointed Daniel F. Walh principal of Transit Middle School, effective January 3, 2011.  He will replace Jill Pellis who is retiring December 31, 2010.

Walh has been the assistant principal at Casey Middle School since 2007. Prior to joining Williamsville CSD, Walh worked as an elementary and middle school teacher in Colorado and then as a middle school administrator for two years in the Cherry Creek School District, a suburban district located outside of Denver. A native of Western New York, Walh returned with his family in 2006 to teach at Allendale Elementary School in West Seneca.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Buffalo State College and a master’s in education from the University of Phoenix-Colorado campus. He began his doctorate in education administration at the University of Denver and looks forward to completing his doctoral work at a local university in the near future.

“Mr. Walh is an excellent instructional leader and one who cares so much about students,” said Superintendent Howard Smith. “He has gained valuable experience as a member of the administrative team at Casey Middle, and I am pleased that he will be taking on this new responsibility.”

Walh, who holds permanent certification as a School District Administrator in New York State, pledges to continue Transit Middle’s tradition of excellence.  “It is an honor to be named principal of Transit Middle School,” he said. “At Casey, I have seen first hand how students excel when a supportive community and teachers passionate about their profession work together. I am motivated to work with Transit’s dedicated and talented staff to help every student maximize their potential."     

There were 33 applicants for the position. A selection committee comprised of Transit Middle staff members, district personnel and a parent representative interviewed eight candidates and recommended two finalists to the superintendent for consideration. 


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