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Onteora Welcomes New Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics

The Onteora Central School District is pleased to welcome Beth Fletcher as its new Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics.

Ms. Fletcher, who assumed her new position on October 13, comes to Onteora from the Newburgh Enlarged Central School District, where she had been a Physical Education teacher for 16 years. During her years at Newburgh, she also coached a variety of athletic teams, including Girls Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, and Soccer.

Most recently, she was a District-Level Administrative Intern in Newburgh’s Athletic Office, as well as a Building-Level Administrative Intern. As part of her duties, she supervised athletic events at all levels, including Modified, Junior Varsity, Varsity, and Unified. The Unified teams included students both with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team, she explained.

“I am familiar with working with a diverse population of students, and I believe that every child can learn, and every child has strengths they can use to build foundational skills,” Ms. Fletcher observed. “I truly believe that Physical Education and athletics can be an avenue to build these qualities in our scholars.”

While at Newburgh, Ms. Fletcher also created and implemented a program focusing on the health and well-being of her staff, and worked to strengthen the connections between school, athletics, and the community.

“Athletics and health and wellness really are my passion,” she said, adding that she looks forward to continuing to develop that passion at Onteora. “I am excited to continue my work as an educator and a leader at Onteora as the new Director of Health, PE, and Athletics.”

After graduating from Adelphi University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Ms. Fletcher went on to earn a Master of Science in Instructional Technology for Educators from New York Institute of Technology. She will be receiving a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY New Paltz in December 2022.

In her spare time, the Newburgh resident likes to spend time with her 10-year-old daughter, take walks with their dog Finn, go to the gym, and participate in coed softball.