The Pittsford Central School District Board of Education appointed Melissa Julian as principal of Mendon High School.
The appointment follows a thorough search and interview process.
“I am confident that Ms. Julian will carry on the tradition of exceptional leadership modeled by Mr. Karl Thielking who is retiring after serving as MHS principal for 18 years with the highest level of integrity, vigor and care,” said Pittsford Central School District Superintendent Michael Pero.
Julian looks forward to returning to a role that allows her to work more directly with students and make a meaningful impact on their lives.
“I am excited to work with the Mendon High School students, staff and community. To follow a principal who has been highly successful for the past 18 years is an honor and a challenge, and I look forward to working with all of the stakeholders to collaboratively continue Mendon’s legacy of excellence,” said Julian.
Having served as Pittsford’s director of technology since 2015, Julian will begin her new position as MHS principal July 2. Prior to joining the Pittsford Central School District, Julian served as the executive principal at Cicero North Syracuse High School with 2,100 students in grades 10-12 and a staff of 200. She began her administrative career at Cicero North Syracuse as dean of students and served in other administrative roles prior to being appointed executive principal.
Julian started her career as an English teacher and taught at the middle and high school levels. During this time she served as the adviser for multiple student clubs and organizations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and textual studies and English education, as well as a master’s degree in instruction design and evaluation from Syracuse University. She received her Certificate of Advanced Study in educational administration from SUNY Oswego.