New Remsen principal eager to get to know staff, students


REMSEN — Sanya Pelrah has recently been appointed as principal of the Remsen Central Junior/Senior High School. Pelrah has 17 years of experience in education in various roles, including teacher, instructional coach, director of curriculum and instruction, and associate principal.

Here is a question and answer session conducted recently with the new building leader:

Q: Why did you choose to work in education?

A: I knew that I wanted to be involved with and somehow give back to the community. Originally, I thought that I would pursue a career in medicine but instead, I was attracted to education and I am so thankful for this. Working in education has allowed me to give back to the community while also challenging me to grow and progress. No day is the same and no year is the same in education. Every day is as unique as the students and staff I work with. 

Q: What is your background?

A: I attended SUNY Geneseo, St. John Fisher College, and SUNY Stony Brook. Before joining the Remsen team, I held various roles as an English teacher, instructional coach, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Associate Principal. I have worked in both urban, suburban, and charter school settings.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in your new position?

A: I am most looking forward to working with a dedicated staff who will help to ensure that all students feel welcome and achieve success. I cannot wait to build relationships with the staff, students, and families. I truly believe that all students can reach their full potential and I am honored to be a partner and leader in that journey. 

Q: Why did you want to come to Remsen?

A: Remsen has had a special place in my life for the last four years. My husband and I own a piece of land in Remsen where we have enjoyed camping with our dogs. While we always thought that perhaps we would build a cabin to enjoy later in retirement, in the last year or so we had both been contemplating the idea of moving to the area. When the Remsen Jr./Sr. High School Principal position became open, I was excited that I might be able to take the next step in my career in a place that was our “home away from home.” Accepting this position and moving to the area has been an exciting adventure.

Although I have just started in my role as principal in Remsen, the welcome I have received makes me realize without a doubt that this was the best choice I could have made, and I will work tirelessly to be the leader that the district and families deserve. 

Q: What is something readers may not know about you? 

A: I believe in supporting small, local businesses, and I am looking forward to discovering some of these hidden gems. 


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