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Suffern Central School District Appoints Paul M. Adler as Suffern High School Principal

On Tuesday, April 18, the Suffern Central School District Board of Education appointed Paul M. Adler as the new principal of Suffern High School, effective July 1, 2023. With more than 20 years of experience in education across a variety of roles and organizations, Adler brings a unique perspective to school leadership and fresh ideas on how to support student success in high school and beyond. 


Adler began his career as a math teacher in California, before moving to New York to continue teaching at the Brooklyn Preparatory High School, where he later was appointed as an Assistant Principal. He then served as founding principal of Achievement First Brooklyn High School, working to ensure post-secondary access for all students, many of whom were the first in their family to attend college. During his tenure, he oversaw school discipline, created systems for attendance monitoring, hired and supervised staff, supported students’ academic success and fostered programs to support school culture. Adler has most recently served as a Senior Director at BES (Building Excellent Schools) where his work has been focused on providing high-impact support, coaching and training to educational leaders across the country. 


“We are so excited to have Paul join our leadership team as the next Principal of Suffern High School,” noted Dr. Erik Gundersen, Superintendent of Schools. “During our rigorous interview process, it became clear that Paul encompasses all of the qualities we were looking for to help Suffern High School grow. He is an authentic individual, a natural leader and an innovative thinker who will challenge both students and staff to be the best versions of themselves.” 


Adler’s philosophy centers around creating a student experience that benefits all learners and provides a safe and inclusive outlet for student voice. He is a hands-on leader who values creative thinking and will look to build on the experience and knowledge the current staff provides. In the months leading up to July, Adler will be meeting with members of the Suffern Central community to learn and listen to the needs of our students, staff and families. More information on those opportunities will be available soon.


“I am humbled to join a long and storied group of outstanding educators, students, and families who have made Suffern High such a special place. I cannot wait to work alongside the staff to deliver an excellent education for all students and continue to build a thriving school community.”

Originally from the Boston area, Adler received his undergraduate degree in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University, his Master's in Mathematics Education from Harvard University and his Master's in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, where he’s also pursuing his doctorate. Adler resides in Westchester with his wife and two children.