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Thanks and Farewell to Sherrie Clune: a Message from our Board President, Reid Ockerman

May 25, 2018

As you may be aware, our School Administrator, Sherrie Clune, has led RiverRun for nearly two years now as a talented and impassioned leader and mentor to our faculty. She has helped to bring RiverRun to a new status in our community, and has elevated the level of excellence in the education of our students. As Jacqueline Foster, our Board Vice President explains, “The confidence our families have in RiverRun right now is testimony to Sherrie’s excellence as a teacher and effectiveness as an administrator.”

Sherrie has shared with us that her family, regrettably, needs to relocate. Below is her letter to the community:

Dear RiverRun Families:

It is with a heavy heart that I must share with you that I won’t be able to return to RiverRun next fall. My family is relocating to Rhode Island, this summer, for my husband John’s employment.

It has been so delightful to work at RiverRun; you are a wonderfully supportive community. I have loved working with your children and getting to know your families. I have also enjoyed working with the RiverRun faculty; they are extremely dedicated to this community and make each day a joy. The RiverRun Board of Trustees has also been very supportive of me, and I will miss working with these amazing folks.

I was hoping to have a long tenure at RiverRun; the school will only continue to blossom and has just begun its bright future as Schenectady County’s premiere Montessori School. The Board of Trustees will be working to find a suitable candidate for the Administrator’s position, and I will be offering support for a smooth transition.

Warmest regards,


At our May 24th meeting, the River Run Board accepted Sherrie’s resignation, which will be effective following the conclusion of the school year and closing faculty meetings.

The Board and Faculty extends heartfelt thanks to Sherrie for all she has accomplished in her short time with RiverRun. As Maureen Brown-Lansaw, our Primary teacher, explained in a recent conversation, Sherrie’s temperament and experience with the Montessori philosophy have been “tremendous assets to our school--she is a joy to work with.”   

Sherrie has helped to make RiverRun a stronger community, poised for growth and improvement, focused on the school’s mission and vision. We will greatly miss her energy, enthusiasm, and passion for educating our children.

While Sherrie is stepping down from her position as School Administrator, she has been nominated for a position on the RiverRun Board, and wishes to continue to support RiverRun’s mission and growth. Sherrie has offered to serve in the same capacity as Jacqueline Foster has done for many years, as a board member and liaison to RiverRun faculty and staff.

Sherrie has also graciously offered to assist us as we now open a search for the next School Administrator. The Board will be formalizing an ad hoc search committee and working with Sherrie to facilitate a smooth and timely transition. Should you or someone you know have a desire to assist the search committee, or you or someone you know have a candidate you feel should be considered by the search committee, please let Sherrie, me, or a member of the Board know.

We will be announcing an upcoming gathering to say thanks to Sherrie on or before Moving Up Day, June 15th, the final day of school. Details will be forthcoming.

Thank you for your continued support of RiverRun. We hope to provide updates as the search committee’s path forward takes shape.

Reid Ockerman

Primary Class parent

RiverRun Board President


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