Meet Principal Derek Schuelein

Dr. Derek Schuelein

Phone: 914-967-6100 Ext 1908


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Dr. Derek Schuelein

Dear Members of the Rye Community,

I am delighted to be joining an outstanding team of educators and to become an official Garnet.  I have already had the chance to meet some members of the faculty, staff, and community, and I feel fortunate to have been so warmly welcomed.  I look forward to working in a District that so clearly embraces the education and development of its children and am eager to help contribute to Rye’s well-known reputation for excellence.  

After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Social Studies Education, I began my career as a high school teacher in New York City based on a desire to share my love of history and of learning with students.  There, and subsequently in school districts on Long Island and in Westchester, I had the opportunity to work with students from diverse backgrounds, many of whom possessed very different learning styles.  Along the way, I developed a profound appreciation for the distinct set of experiences and personal traits that make each student’s educational journey so unique.  

Through the years, and in a variety of roles as an educator, I have maintained a commitment to a long-held belief that school should be a place where students are encouraged to explore new things, to take risks, and to treat each experience as an opportunity to learn and to grow.  As I begin my 19th year in education, I remain eager to help our students fulfill their greatest potential by working to support a whole-child approach which includes their social, emotional, and academic growth.  As a high school educator, I remain cognizant of the fact that we are guiding young men and women through their final steps in the path to adulthood.  As such, I also believe strongly in helping students become independent thinkers who can advocate for their own needs and passions.

In the coming weeks, I will be scheduling a series of “meet and greet” events with parents where we can discuss educational philosophy and how we can best support students through their years at Rye High School.  In order to facilitate an open dialogue, and in compliance with the latest restrictions, these events will be held in person with a limit of 25 total attendees at each one.  Additional information will be sent out following the July 4th holiday, and will also be posted to the website.  

Over the course of the summer, and once the new school year gets underway, please know that my door is always open and I am available should you have any questions or concerns.  Once again, I am looking forward to working together this year as we continue the great task of educating our outstanding students.


Derek Schuelein, Ed.D.

Principal, Rye High School