September 1, 2011
Hilton Central Schools names Dr. Barbara
Surash Executive Director for Education
Hilton Central School District
Superintendent of Schools David Dimbleby has
announced that Dr. Barbara Surash will serve in the
newly-created position of Executive Director for
Education. Dr. Surash will oversee the
District's K-12 instructional program.
Previously she served as Director of Secondary
Education and Professional Development and was an
English Language Arts teacher at Hilton High School.
She is facilitator of the Hilton CSD
She was also honored in May 2011 by the
Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development with the
GVASCD Curriculum Award for
her work in the Hilton Schools. "The work we have done in
the Hilton School District in the area of curriculum is not
something done by just one person—it is a team effort," Dr.
Surash said. "In Hilton we are encouraged to take
risks with the goal of creating the best educational
experience we can for our students. My former colleague,
Mark Bower, and I have made a concerted effort to move our
curriculum to concept-based which encourages students to
become thinkers and problem-solvers."
She is a SUNY Binghamton graduate in
English and History and holds a MS in Secondary Education
from SUNY Brockport. She received an Ed.D. in
Educational Administration from the University of Rochester
Warner School of Education and Human Development in 2007.
Her thesis concerned educational leadership in the secondary
In addition, Dr. Surash was
instrumental in Hilton High School becoming an authorized
International Baccalaureate Diploma program. The
International Baccalaureate Program at Hilton High School
which has graduated 35 students with the IB Diploma since
its inception, employs a comprehensive, balanced curriculum
that incorporates high standards of assessment with a focus
on international understanding. Students may earn either
an IB diploma or individual IB course certificates.
Currently the District is studying the feasibility of
instituting a Middle Years International Baccalaureate
Programme. Quest Elementary has an authorized Primary Years
further information, please Dr. Surash at 585-392-1000 ext.
6062 or visit the Hilton CSD