Mary Pauly randolph campus principal

Dr. Mary Pauly to Retire

At the close of this year’s summer school session, Mary Pauly will retire as principal of Randolph Academy’s Randolph campus. Dr. Pauly joined Randolph Academy in 2017, initially serving as Interim Director of Curriculum.

“I knew (then-Superintendent) Lori DeCarlo when I worked as Assistant Superintendent for Special Education for Buffalo Public Schools,” Dr. Pauly recalls. “We sent many kids to Randolph Academy, so I was very familiar with its wonderful work in Restorative Justice. I was fortunate to learn from the best and the staff at the Academy has embraced restorative practice!”

Dr. Pauly has led a collaborative culture where employees are empowered to discover their greatness. People work together and help each other in a child-centered environment. The restorative approach is evident among students and staff, as the school guides students in becoming successful academically as well as socially and emotionally.

“It’s a safe place to learn!” Dr. Pauly attests.

While she has great plans for retirement, Dr. Pauly knows she will miss Randolph Academy and the people that made it so special! The students, teachers, counselors, support staff, nurse, cleaners, cooks, behavior team and office staff all have a special place in her heart. She is especially thankful for her secretary, Sara Cunningham, as well as Janise Rhodes, who retired in 2021. She will also fondly remember her colleagues at New Directions Youth & Family Services, our residential service partner on the Randolph campus.

Dr. Pauly has concluded each of her daily updates to her staff with a sincere message of appreciation:

“Thank you for making this a great place to work!” Mary, we can’t thank you enough for doing the same. Enjoy every moment of your retirement!

Dr. Pauly says she’ll miss the students the most. She reflects often on those she helped graduate, many of whom still keep in touch with her.