On July 1, Dr. Gregory Voloshin began his first day as principal of Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School. He is replacing Amy Prasky, who recently resigned. Henry Freedman, who had served as interim principal while Prasky was on maternity leave, will return to his elementary coordinator position.
Dr. Voloshin is a familiar name at Goshen Schools – he has served as director of health, physical education and athletics/assistant principal of Goshen High School for the past four years. During that time, he helped lead the Gladiators to 30 division titles and 15 team Section 9 titles.
“I deeply enjoyed my time at Goshen High School and working with our student-athletes,” said Dr. Voloshin. “It was very fulfilling for me to be part of a program that stressed dedication, hard work and sportsmanship.”
It was also during that time that Dr. Voloshin decided to further pursue his own education to better serve the students of Goshen. In 2016, after two years of hard work, Dr. Voloshin received a Doctor of Education degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.
“As a career educator and lifelong learner, I always strive to learn more about the different educational strategies that will better serve teachers and students,” he said. “My studies helped me grow as an educator by giving me the skills and foundational knowledge to successfully address a number of organizational, leadership and educational issues.”
Dr. Voloshin plans to apply this knowledge to his position at Scotchtown Avenue. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me to be principal at the elementary level,” he said. “My experiences at the high school have allowed me to become very familiar with the end-product of a K-12 education: graduates of Goshen High School. Now as elementary school principal, I’ll be able to use that first-hand knowledge to help set the foundation for our young students.”
Dr. Voloshin embraces the philosophy that continuing education and developing commitment and perseverance are essential for the 21st Century learner. Dr. Voloshin hopes to inspire students to pursue excellence in all they do.
‘It’s so important for elementary students to have positive experiences and enjoy learning,” he explained. “If our students enjoy coming to school each day and associate school with positive energy and excitement, they will be more likely to have a successful academic career.”
Dr. Voloshin is looking forward to working with Scotchtown Avenue’s dedicated employees, believing that you can accomplish any goal if you work together with positivity and passion.
“Scotchtown Avenue is a fantastic elementary school with some of the best teachers in the county,” said Dr. Voloshin. “I plan to continue to develop positive relationships with the students, faculty, staff and community while working with our teachers to create a high quality curriculum for our students that will benefit them academically, socially, emotionally and physically as they proceed through their academic years.”
About Dr. Gregory Voloshin
- Before coming to Goshen, he taught social studies and coached various sports at Monroe-Woodbury High School, Briarcliff Manor, and his alma mater, Warwick Valley High School.
- While a student at Warwick, he won the New York State Diving Championship.
- He attended Boston University where he set two university records in Division I Diving.
- In addition to his doctorate, he earned a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology; a master’s degree in Physical Education from Canisius College; and administrative certification from Long Island University.
- He is married to Victoria Fleming, a 1998 graduate of Goshen High School.
- He is the proud father of two children.
- His favorite foods are cheeseburgers and ice cream.
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