Gundersen Announces Resignation

Gundersen Announces Resignation
Photo: Dr. P. Erik Gundersen

April 21, 2021


Dear Pascack Valley Regional High School District Community, 


As a twenty-two year old physics teacher, I was welcomed into the teaching profession by mentors who supported and challenged me to constantly reflect, refine, and improve as an educator.  Every step along my professional journey has been met with challenges, but with each challenge, there was always incredible support from those around me.  It is that sense of professionalism, mentorship, community, and support that has carried me through my journey as a member of the Pascack Valley Regional family for the past twenty seven years.

We are a district that prides itself on being forward thinking, with students at the center of our decision-making process.  Our willingness to take calculated risks to improve student outcomes, whether it be implementing virtual days six years before COVID, creating the “Pascack Schedule” to redefine the high school experience, providing internship opportunities for career exposure, improving and expanding  our classroom and athletic complexes or, most recently, promoting a more inclusive, bias-free school culture and climate have been real points of pride these last ten years.

My journey in the Pascack Valley Regional High School District is coming to an end after serving the last ten years as your superintendent.  I am excited to share that I have accepted the offer to serve the Suffern Central School District as their new superintendent, beginning July 1, 2021.  Suffern is also a district that prides itself on its innovative spirit, a highly talented staff, and ongoing desire to improve upon the social and emotional well-being of all students.

I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work alongside an unparalleled team of educators and staff as we have made impactful improvements to our programming, curriculum, facilities, and community.  We have carried out the district’s vision of promoting inquiry, innovation, and individuality and are making significant strides to promote inclusivity within our district.  I will certainly miss working with the Pascack team, but am confident that Pascack has the talent, tools, knowledge, and drive to continue the district's successful path forward.

I look forward to learning how the district continues to embrace all students and strives to make them feel welcomed, challenged, and supported, just as you have made me feel welcomed, challenged, and supported these last twenty-seven years.  


Graphic: Signature of Erik Gundersen
P. Erik Gundersen, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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