New principal takes over at New Paltz Middle School

New principal of New Paltz Middle School Ann Sheldon.

The new principal of the New Paltz Middle School students, Ann Sheldon, assumed the school’s top leadership position on July 1. She previously served two years as assistant principal. Sheldon replaces Dr. Richard Wiesenthal, who retired at the end of the present school year.

 “Ann Sheldon is not only an experienced administrator,” said schools superintendent Maria Rice, “but she is also thoroughly knowledgeable about what goes on the classroom.”

Sheldon, has taught special education for three years at the high school as well as at Lenape Elementary School. She spent eleven years working as a Grade 5 teacher at Lenape.


Rice believes that Sheldon’s previous experience will prove invaluable during the ongoing renovation process. “This is a time when knowledge of the facility, scheduling, student body and staff is essential due to the ongoing capital improvements in the building,” she said. “Ann’s knowledge of these things, as well as her knowledge of our parents and community, will be a huge asset during the next two years, when students will be moved from one part of the building to another. The district is fortunate to have such a strong and knowledgeable leader.”

“Working together with students, staff and parents we will build a school climate that allows all students to be successful,” Sheldon said. Upcoming challenges include minimizing disruptions caused by the capital project. “Students and student learning will always be the focal point.”

Sheldon lives in Highland. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marist College and a master’s degree in Integrating Technology in the Classroom from Walden University. She also holds a certificate in educational leadership from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The school district expects to have an assistant principal in place by September. Details will be announced when they become available.