After five years as the HFM PTECH principal, Mike Dardaris, has resigned his position to take a job in the Washington, D.C., area.
He was hired in the winter of 2014 to launch the Hamilton Fulton Montgomery Pathways in Technology Early College High School that September. Under his leadership, the program garnered national attention, earning a Model School designation in 2016 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. In 2017, HFM PTECH was again in the spotlight, being named one of 25 National Models of Innovative Successful Practices by the American Association of School Administrators and The Successful Practices Network.
Dardaris was named New York State High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) in 2017. This award is given annually to a member of SAANYS who has set the pace, character and quality of education for the students in their school.
As the principal of HFM PTECH, Dardaris has said his goal was to redefine not only what leadership looks like, but what learning looks like in the public school through teacher leadership and student empowerment.
“While I am excited for what this new adventure holds for my family and me, it is difficult to leave behind the wonderful staff, parents and students of PTECH,” Dardaris said in a letter to parents and students. “Helping to build this school has been a great source of joy and pride, and I treasure all of you who have been on this journey with me.”
Dardaris will become the Head of Schools at K12 Education and plans to relocate with his family to Virginia. His last day will be Feb. 22. HFM BOCES central administration is finalizing arrangements for a veteran principal to serve as an interim until a new principal is in place.
“I will always be grateful for the opportunity I’ve had here and that the HFM community took a chance to do something different, to push the boundaries of what is possible in public education,” he said.
Colleagues, parents, business partners and former and current students are invited to an open house-style farewell celebration from 2:15 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Jansen Avenue School in Johnstown.