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Dr. Allison Rioux Named Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Brighton Central School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin McGowan has announced the selection of Dr. Allison Rioux as the next Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  

Dr. Rioux has been the Principal at French Road Elementary School since August of 2017. She will take on her new role on July 1, following the retirement of current Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Debby Baker. 

A large and competitive field participated in a multi-step and rigorous hiring process. Following screening interviews, a group of highly qualified candidates were interviewed by multiple hiring committees that included parents, staff members, administrators, and members of the Board of Education. The field was narrowed to three finalists who participated in the completion of both an extensive interview and several practical, job-related tasks to simulate their potential performance in the role. Thank you to the interview committees for their hard work in reviewing all candidates and providing feedback that helped ensure the rigor and depth of the process.  

“Throughout her time at FRES, Dr. Rioux has worked exceptionally hard to develop connections with each and every staff member, student, and their families,” Superintendent Dr. Kevin McGowan said. “She is the consummate professional, demonstrating exceptional intellectual capacity and a mastery of both pedagogy and curriculum that best meets the needs of all learners. Equity has been a primary focus of her work in her current role and in her previous positions in the District. Above all else, Dr. Rioux stays focused on children while doing everything she can to make every day fun, exciting, and full of warmth for every child and staff member. There is unmistakable energy at French Road. Dr. Rioux’s leadership, along with the commitment and effort of the staff, has made this both possible and ever-present.”  

Prior to becoming the FRES Principal, Dr. Rioux was the District’s Assistant Director of Humanities. She originally joined the District as a literacy coach at FRES following a successful teaching career in the Rochester City School District. Dr. Rioux received her B.S. and M.S. from St. John Fisher College and earned her doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in teaching and curriculum from the University of Rochester. Dr. Rioux also serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate education program at St. John Fisher and is active in a wide variety of professional organizations and activities.  

Dr. Rioux and her husband, Chad, have two sets of twins, Nicholas and Julianna and Carly and Aidan. 

“I could not be more thrilled and honored to continue my work in the Brighton Central School District as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction,” Dr. Rioux said. “Throughout my years in the District, and especially my time at FRES, I have had the extraordinary opportunity to work with many outstanding educators and students. Through this time, my passion has continued to develop for leading educators, for listening and respecting different viewpoints and perspectives, for problem solving and being creative even in the most challenging of times, and, most importantly, for leading the work around diversity, equity, and inclusion for our students. As I continue this work in a greater capacity districtwide, I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and energy for teaching and learning across all our school buildings.”  

A search for the next principal at French Road Elementary School will commence immediately after spring recess and conclude prior to July 1.  

“Dr. Baker has been an incredible leader for the Brighton Central School District,” Dr. McGowan said. “We are grateful for her work and excited for Dr. Rioux to have the opportunity to continue the process of continually improving our work with children.”