Rochester City School District special education chief abruptly quits position

Feb 7, 2018 by

Rochester City School District special education chief Theresa Wood quit abruptly Monday after just two months on the job, saying: “My integrity would not allow me to continue.”

RCSD hired Wood effective Dec. 1, luring her out of retirement from special education administration in the New York State Education Department. She took over for Sandy Simpson, who had been serving as interim director after Christopher Suriano left RCSD for the state’s top special education job in September 2016.

Theresa Wood
Theresa Wood
Rochester City School District

Wood returned from a weeklong unpaid vacation on Monday, submitted her resignation and left. She pointed out she had been working for RCSD with no benefits, including vacation time.

“I absolutely loved working there and I’m quite upset I had to leave,” she said Wednesday afternoon. “But ethically, morally, I just could not continue. … I’ve been in special education for 37 years and my integrity would not allow me to continue.”

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