Meet BC’s new K-12 math supervisor: Bill Clairmont

On Monday, July 18, Bethlehem will welcome a new K-12 mathematics supervisor who will serve as a permanent replacement for Dave Hurst, who in June was appointed by the Board of Education to serve as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs and Instruction. William Clairmont, who most recently served as an assistant principal at Mechanicville Jr./Sr. High School, will oversee the district’s mathematics curriculum and staffing from elementary through high school. 

Bill Clairmont – K-12 Math Supervisor

Tell us a little about your background in education.

I began teaching in 2007, I spent 7 years in Hoosick Falls High School teaching a number of courses that ranged from AIS to Calculus. In the Fall of last year I left HF to be an Assistant Principal at Mechanicville Jr./Sr. High School.

Where did you attend college/graduate school?

I received my Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from SUNY Plattsburgh. While teaching in HF I  returned to SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus to receive my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In 2014 I decided to take the next step to making a bigger difference and attended the Leadership Academy at MCLA to receive my Leadership Certification.

What prompted you to choose a career in education?

Growing up I was lucky enough to have a few influential teachers in my life, and a big sister that was teaching before I graduated, so I’ve had many opportunities in my life to help guide me towards education. I began college as an accounting major but quickly realized where my passions fell, I volunteered many hours talking to and helping my sister’s class as much as I could until I pursued my own career in teaching.

What are you looking forward to most in Bethlehem?

I am looking forward to joining a tradition of excellence at Bethlehem. I am excited to meet faculty, staff, students, and community in the coming months on my way to making a positive impact on the school community.

When you are not at work, what do you like to do?

I love being outside with my family and friends, when I have the time I love to golf. When I want to relax I like to sit by a camp fire and put my feet up.

What will you be reading/listening to this summer?

A good friend of mine gave me the book Lincoln on Leadership that I just haven’t had the time to read this year. I hope to have the time to read that this summer. As for music, Dave Matthews Band is always on my playlist.