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Director of Student Services Carolyn Rabidoux, TCMS Principal Rob Thomas to Retire

Dear Colleagues, Students, Families, and Members of the Brighton School Community, 

It is with regret for a loss of professional capacity, but personal happiness for two colleagues and friends that I am writing to officially announce to you that Director of Student Services, Mrs. Carolyn Rabidoux, and TCMS Principal, Mr. Rob Thomas, will be retiring at the conclusion of this school year. 

Mrs. Rabidoux is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, Nazareth College, and the University of Rochester. She has been an elementary teacher in both special and regular education first at Hillel School and then at Rush-Henrietta. Prior to becoming an Assistant Principal at FRES in 2007, Carolyn was a teacher on special assignment at Burger Middle School. Carolyn has been the Director of Student Services since 2012. Carolyn has demonstrated exemplary leadership always focused on meeting the individual and diverse needs of every child. As a leader working closely with parents and staff, she is committed to collaboration and kindness in those relationships. In 2018, Carolyn was recognized as an administrator of the year both by her colleagues through the local chapter of the School Administrators Association of New York and by the New York State Association of Educational Office Professionals. Carolyn has focused on constantly shifting department resources based on the needs of students and developing new programming in the area of mental health services. 

Mr. Rob Thomas is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport. He began his career at Penfield as a physical education teacher and had the opportunity to work closely with students as a coach and eventually as a summer school administrator for Monroe 1 BOCES. Prior to joining Brighton in 2001 as an Assistant Principal at TCMS, Rob became Penfield’s District Chairperson for PE and Health. Rob became the principal at TCMS in 2008. Rob is the proud parent of three Brighton grads and is a Brighton alum himself. Rob has always focused on developing strong interpersonal relationships with the students he has worked with. His quick wit and commitment to children have been invaluable as a building administrator. He’s always tried to meet individual needs and develop a connection with students even if that meant teaching a child how to ride a bike or play the guitar. Rob has directed TCMS efforts to be recognized and then re-designated as a School to Watch in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018. 

Mrs. Rabidoux and Mr. Thomas have both dedicated many years of outstanding service to the children, families, and school community of Brighton and although we wish them well on this next chapter, it is with regret that we move forward without them as members of the team. 

A search process to fill both positions will be conducted over the next several months. We look forward to involving staff and parents in the process and gathering feedback on desired characteristics and qualifications from the school community. 

Best wishes, Rob and Carolyn. Thank you for all that you have done for every child, every day in every way.