Mentor Leader Scholars

Mentor Leader Scholars are former Project BLEND Scholars who have successfully completed their CAS in Educational Administration. Mentor Leader Scholars for the third phase of Project BLEND are Kasey Dolson, Principal at Liverpool High School, Nick Scholz, Vice Principal at the H.W. PK-8 School, and Tim Patterson, Instructional Technology Integration Specialist at OCM BOCES. Previous Mentor Leader Scholars from Phase II were Robyn Proud, CITI, Eva Williams, Principal at Van Duyn Elementary School, Katrina Allen, Principal at Franklin Elementary School, and Dana Ziegler, Principal at Nate Perry Elementary School.

Tim Patterson

Instructional Technology Integration Specialist, CNYRIC

Tim applied to be a Project BLEND Scholar in December 2012. After completing his Certificate of Advanced Study, Tim graduated from our program in the August 2015.

While in the Project BLEND program, Tim worked as a Technology Education teacher in the East Syracuse-Minoa School District. Since graduating, Tim has taken a job as an Instructional Technology Integration Specialist for the Central New York Regional Information Center.

When asked what advice he would give to current and future Project BLEND Scholars, Tim said, "There are many different types of administrative positions available to you. Don't feel pressured to apply to every open position, but instead, find the job that is right for you."

Nick Scholz, Project BLEND Alumni

Nick Scholz

Vice Principal, Hurlbut W. Smith PreK-8 School, Syracuse City School District

Nick was accepted into Project BLEND as a Scholar in December 2012. After completing SUNY Oswego's Certificate of Advanced Study Program, Nick graduated in August 2015.

From 2012-2014, Nick worked as a Mathematics Instructional Coach at Fowler High School in the Syracuse City School District. In the summer of 2014, Nick was appointed Vice Principal at the Hurlbut W. Smith PreK-8 School in Syracuse, New York.

Nick's advice for current and future BLEND Scholars is: "Prioritize your life, recognize what is important, and be intentional about every class or professional development you attend. The pace will seem exhausting at times, however know the hard work and dedication is worth the reward. There is great joy in effective leadership when those you are leading recognize your ability to lead with intentional focus because your life has intentional focus


Photo of Kasey Dolson, BLEND Alumni

Kasey Dolson

Executive Director for Curriculum Development at Liverpool Central Schools

Kasey was accepted into Project BLEND as a Scholar in December 2012. After completing SUNY Oswego's Certificate of Advanced Study Program, Kasey graduated in August 2014.

Kasey's Advice to new scholars: "BLEND has provided me with several enriching opportunities that have taken me beyond the required course experiences at SUNY Oswego. My best advice is to make as many professional connections as you can! Meeting and learning from a variety of professionals helps you stay current and gives you a network of support as you work your way through the program and in your administrative career. Also be sure to plan and schedule your time well! Make lists, prioritize, and be sure to include time for yourself and your family!"