Following an extensive search and screening process, the Sachem Central School District is proud to announce the appointment of Kevin Tougher as the new principal of Waverly Elementary School, filling the vacancy left by John Ruggero who has accepted a position with the North Babylon School District.
Mr. Tougher will be joining Waverly after serving as an elementary teacher for 12 years within the Sachem Central School District at Cayuga Elementary School. During his time at Cayuga, Mr. Tougher served as a teacher leader and an integral participant on numerous districtwide committees, including APPR, the Curriculum Council, Elementary Report Card and Elementary Resolutions. In addition to his expansive committee involvement, Mr. Tougher has demonstrated expertise in the development of new curriculum during revisions to Sachem’s elementary ELA, social studies and mathematics curricula. As a leading voice across the district, Mr. Tougher has also facilitated a plethora of districtwide professional development initiatives.
Mr. Tougher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from James Madison University, a Master of Science degree in elementary education from Long Island University and a post-master’s certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Mr. Kevin Tougher as the new principal of Waverly Elementary School,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Graham. “Throughout this process it was clear that Mr. Tougher possesses the personality, elementary school experience, curriculum expertise and the dedication to Sachem that makes him the ideal candidate for this leadership position.”