The Sharon Springs school board earlier this month appointed Thomas Yorke as the district’s new superintendent, replacing Patterson Green, who has led the district for over a decade.
Yorke, a lifelong Schoharie County resident, has worked as the district’s K-12 building principal for the past two years, after teaching English at the school for 14 years, as well coaching several sports teams. Yorke has also helped with the district’s expansion of technology in the classroom and helped train other teachers.
Yorke graduated from SUNY Oneonta and completed an education leadership program at the College of Saint Rose. He began his career in Sharon Springs as a secondary-grade English teacher in 2004, working in the district ever since. Over the years, he worked on infusing more technology into the district’s classrooms and was recognized as a BOCES “models schools instruction,” designing an online course in new media and teaching strategies for teachers across the Capital Region.
In the past two years working as the school building principal, Yorke has led an effort to expand character education and focus on the importance of relationships in the school.
“I’m honored and humbled to carry forward the legacy of a student-first approach that Mr. Green lived and led by,” Yorke said in a news release. “I was raised similarly to most of my students, so I know how a quality education provided by passionate, caring, and dedicated educators enriches all aspects of life.”
Green is set to retire after more than three decades working as an educator in the region. Green started his career as a social studies teacher at Middleburgh Central before moving to the Cobleskill-Richmondville district, where he worked as high school assistant principal through 2001. He then took over as building principal at Sharon Springs and later took on the responsibility of district superintendent. He held both administrative positions from 2007 to 2018. Green plans to work as a part-time deputy superintendent next school year to aid with the transition.