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Meet the New GIHS Assistant Principal

Hillary Kretz-Harvey Hillary Kretz-Harvey was appointed as the new assistant principal at Grand Island High School.

She worked at Fredonia High School as a school psychologist for the past 15 years. During her time there, Hillary has been both the CSE and 504 chairperson, and an expert in developing specific education plans for students with individualized needs. She has successfully led a PBIS building initiative that included rewarding and acknowledging students for positive behaviors with PRIDE notes. She has been the Dignity Act Coordinator, using her skill in restorative circles to promote a positive resolution when dealing with student conflict.

As a psychologist, Hillary has also worked closely with her building administration on investigating students matters, coordinating student Open House, Freshmen Orientation, Face to Face programs, facilitating proactive anti-bullying programs, and assisting students with career exploration. She is also an expert in dealing with mental health matters and in using school climate surveys to improve building culture.

She fills the vacancy left by Robert Julian, who took a high school principal position in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District.

What drew you to this position?

“I initially took interest because I had heard some very positive feedback from former graduates of Grand Island about what a great district this is. During the screening interview, the questions and interactions that I had with the high school administrators and school counselor gave me a clear understanding that there is a deep care and concern for the whole student here at Grand Island High School. All of the members of the school community that I met throughout the interview process - students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members - gave me a feel that there is a strong school culture and a desire for everyone to work together in the best interest of the students. I am a very team-oriented and student-centered educator, so the opportunity to join this team was an incredible draw for me.”

What are you most looking forward to?

“I am eager to get to know and build relationships with all of the students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators here at GIHS. I was with my prior school district for 15 years, so I had well-established relationships with all of the members or our school community. I am excited to have the opportunity to build new relationships in this district. I want to learn about our GIHS culture and traditions and find ways that I can best support our students, faculty and staff.”