Greetings Knickerbocker Families,
My name is Ashleigh M. Barnhart-Burto and I will be your new Building Principal at Knickerbocker. I am thrilled to be a part of the Watertown City School District and part of the Knickerbocker family. Prior to becoming a school administrator I taught middle and high school health and elementary physical education at Belleville Henderson for 11 years. During the 2019-2020 school year, I became a full time administrator at Belleville Henderson. For the past three and half years, I have overseen curriculum, instruction and assessment, data chats, technology education, and professional development with a focus on our elementary grades. I was most recently the Assistant Principal at H.T. Wiley in Watertown and have since been appointed as your new Building Principal. I live with my husband and our two school-age children. We have two cats and a new addition of a family dog.
I am excited to be working with the extraordinary faculty, staff, students and families here at Knickerbocker. I believe in working hard everyday for every student to succeed. As your Principal, my goal is to create a positive and safe learning environment for all our students while keeping our District goal in the forefront of creating a caring culture that fosters lifelong learners and responsible citizens. With that being said, I also believe we need to have an emphasis on our Knickerbocker Bears motto of helping our students to be safe, responsible and respectful young people.
As parents and guardians, I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s education. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. I look forward to partnering with you this year to ensure the success of every student, every day, no matter what.
Ashleigh M. Barnhart-Burto, Principal