Barry Elementary Welcomes New Principal
The Cortland Enlarged City School District is pleased to announce that Mr. Jordan Ashley is the new principal of F. S. Barry Elementary School. Mr. Ashley grew up in Liverpool, NY, and comes to Cortland from the Syracuse City School District where he served as dean of students at two different schools.
Mr. Ashley earned his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Houghton College. He went on to earn his Master’s of Science in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Administration and Supervision from SUNY Oswego. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mr. Ashley was a music teacher.
Mr. Ashley enjoys working with elementary aged children. He credits his passion for education and his desire to positively impact the lives of students as the reason for pursuing the principal position.
“I have always tried to provide opportunities that would help prepare children for the future and find their unique passions,” Mr. Ashley explained. “From everything I have seen, the team at Barry School has demonstrated a dedication to providing excellent, positive opportunities for their students. I look forward to working with the team and school community to engage students and provide positive learning experiences.”
In his spare time, Mr. Ashley enjoys raising his two wonderful children and spending time at the theatre with his wife. He looks forward to seeing more shows at the Cortland Repertory Theatre. As a former music teacher, Mr. Ashley also enjoys singing and playing the guitar.
Mr. Ashley looks forward to getting to know the students and community of Barry. “Building positive, life changing relationships with students is of the utmost importance to the learning and development. I am also looking forward to all the student events and fun initiatives we are going to have in addition to the daily school routine,” Mr. Ashley concluded.
If you visit Barry School, make sure to give him a warm smile and welcome him to Cortland! We welcome Mr. Ashley to the Cortland Enlarged City School District!