James Cruikshank

James Cruikshank
Mr. James Cruikshank
Class of 2005
Lisbon, NY

Hometown: Lisbon, NY

Current Position: Superintendent of Schools, Norwood-Norfolk Central

Position held since: 2013

Previous Employment: 

Middle School Principal – 2007-2013 – A. A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam Central Schools
Teacher – 1992-2007 – Math, Science, Potsdam Central Schools
Dean of Students – 2006-2007 – Potsdam High School (part time while teaching)
Director of Athletics – 2002-2003 – Potsdam Central Schools (part time while teaching)

NYS Middle School Association – Regional Director
NYSED – Essential Elements:  Schools to Watch Evaluator


2004-2005, St. Lawrence University, M.Ed., Educational Leadership (CAS, SAS, SDA)
1993-1997, SUNY Potsdam, M.S.Ed., Elementary Education
1988-1992, SUNY Potsdam, B.A., Interdepartmental Natural Science / Education
Completed National Science Foundation Model Middle School Teacher Program.

My St. Lawrence Experience:

Walking onto the campus, I found that my professors and fellow students took an interest in me.  They looked to me for input in a non-threatening way.  I, in turn, learned to listen to others’ perspectives and count on their experiences to guide mine.  There was a collaborative “feel” that enabled me to grow as professional. 

The course work directly impacted me in my decisions at work in a North Country public school; I found relevance in the activities.  Many of the instructional approaches used authentic situations; there was work-place rigor introduced and used to further our understanding.  In multiple classes, expert practitioners were utilized to impart a “boots on the ground” approach; I developed a sense of preparedness which enabled me to assume the mantle of leadership. 

I found that my experience at SLU was exceptional.