Superintendent Search Narrows

DANVILLE – Caledonia Central Supervisory Union has two finalists for superintendent of schools. Each will tour the schools within the supervisory union soon.

Matthew Foster lives in Vermont and has been in the education field since 1998. Foster has various experiences in elementary, middle, high school, district level, and postsecondary education. Organizing, planning, identifying, organizational needs, facilities, budgeting, data analysis, and staff training are some of his areas of expertise. 

Foster’s work experience includes being a teacher at all levels, an adjunct instructor at Aurora University, an assistant principal at Bolingbrook, Ill., and principal at Bottenfield Elementary School. He has held the position of executive director of business services as well as executive director of operations at Champaign CUSD. He was in the Illinois Army National Guard as well.  He has experience with managing multimillion-dollar budgets, transportation, kitchen production with improved food quality, preventative and reactive maintenance for over 1.5 million-square-foot buildings, capital purchasing, construction and remodeling, and created a district master facility plan for over 20 properties. 

In 2016 his family moved to Vermont. He is an adjunct business instructor for Community College of Vermont. Foster has worked with the new principal mentor program since 2020 with SNHU and Vermont Principals Association. As the principal at Wolcott Elementary School from 2016-2022 he developed vision and long-term planning, implemented instructional software including Aimsweb and Orton Gillingham, implemented MTSS model, enhanced bench assessment data for the teachers which resulted with increased student SBAC scores and created a leadership team. Foster became the principal at Craftsbury Schools in 2022. Since he started in that role highlights include the high school achieving AP honor roll silver states for 2023, they improved safety with ALICE training, and expanded PBIS training. 

Foster holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies from the University of Illinois, a Master In Business Administration as well as a Master in Educational Administration both from Illinois State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  

Lisa Ruud currently lives in New York. She is a 2022-2023 New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Future Superintendent Fellow graduate, and a 2023 Clarkson Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) Scholar. One of her focuses is on belonging, equity, and how to systematically learn to get better.

Ruud has been the director of academics at Chatham Central School District since 2020 in New York.  She was the director of curriculum and instructional technology at Hoosic Valley Central School. She has experience with curriculum and instructions, academic testing for academic progress, student interventions, labor contracts, staff development, technology planning, policy development, operational policies and procedures, grant writing.  As the associate principal at Hudson City School District she developed positive and collaborative relationships, motivated, encouragement with staff, and used assessment to monitor student learning outcomes. Ruud was also the director of instructional technology at Berne Knox Westerlo Central Schools for a short period of time and the managing coordinator, instructional services at North Eastern Regional Information Center for four years. She was the liaise with 126 districts as part of a four-person team to review and certify technology plans for NYSED approval. Ruud also has experience with early childhood education, state and national accrediting while she worked as an associate provost at Empire Education for three years. She served as the project manager for the conception, implementation, training and professional development utilizing a learning environment online educational platform. Ruud was the director of curriculum, instructions and assessment at Brighter Choice Charter Middle School for Girls in Albany, N.Y., and an associate director for curriculum and instruction at Empire Education in Albany, N.Y. Her career began as a teacher of art at Jefferson Central School in 1995.

Ruud has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Potsdam, N.Y., Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Albany, N.Y., Doctor of Philosophy (PH.D.) in Education Leadership and Policy from Albany, N.Y., and in March 2023 received her TESOL Graduate Certificate from Potsdam, N.Y.

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