Dr. Ryan P. Pacatte was introduced to Avon Central School District as the Superintendent of Schools in January 2020. Since then, he has enjoyed meeting members of the community and getting to know the families, students, and staff at the district, but has also expressed a deep honor serving the Avon Community.
After earning his undergraduate degree at SUNY Cortland in 1994, Dr. Pacatte began his educational career as a high school English teacher with the Bath Central School District. He taught English at Penfield Schools in 2001 and pursued his master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Study at SUNY Brockport. Later, Dr. Pacatte served as the Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for Brighton and Palmyra-Macedon Central Schools following his doctorate in Educational Leadership at St. John Fisher in 2009. His dissertation examined students’ perception of teacher care as a potential source of social capital.
Dr. Pacatte is married with two children, a son and a daughter. His wife serves as a teacher, and both she, and their children, keep him grounded and committed to cultivating an impactful education environment. The work that takes place in the classroom is critical to the impact that a school has on its families and community.
Robert Fulghum asserted, “Anything with life in it must change and grow, or die”. Dr. Pacatte’s work showcases the belief that capacity-building is fundamental to helping organizations advance. Educators build capacity seeking to reveal and cultivate new abilities in those with whom they work, students and adults alike.
This is the great purpose of education.
Dr. Pacatte regularly attends student events. Please introduce yourself when you see him around.