Meet the New Principal: PFLA’s Dan Evans
Published on 8/23/21
District News PFLA
The Syracuse City School District is pleased to introduce Dan Evans, the new Principal of Promising Futures Leadership Academy (PFLA)! Read the interview below to learn more about Mr. Evans.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
My name is Daniel Evans and I am extremely excited to be appointed as the Principal at PFLA for the 2021-22 school year. I am a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland and I live with my wife (Elizabeth) and two teenage daughters (Emily & Madison). This is my 24th year as an educator and my 22nd year in the Syracuse City School District. I am joining the Lynx family after five years as a Vice-Principal at Huntington PreK-8 School. Prior to working at Huntington, I spent eight years as Vice-Principal at Fowler High School. I have also had the pleasure of working in the following SCSD buildings during my career as a health teacher, coach or administrator: Beard, Bellevue, Blodgett, Clary, Corcoran, Danforth, Delaware, Seymour and Shea.
What is your favorite thing about Syracuse?
My favorite thing about the Syracuse City School District is the diversity of our staff, students and families - we are one SCSD family, all working to prepare and inspire our students to achieve at the highest levels.
As for the Central New York region, the four seasons. I enjoy the fact that we are all able to experience all four seasons in Syracuse – fall, winter, spring & summer – sometimes all in the course of one week!
What is your favorite thing about being a school administrator?
The overall growth (academic and personal) of a student over the course of one school year. The ability to watch a child grow from a quiet, nervous individual at the beginning of school in September to a well-spoken, educated scholar at the conclusion of school in June.
What is your greatest hope for your school?
For those students that attend the Promising Futures Leadership Academy to know that there is a plan for them to be successful in a non-traditional setting that will build off their strengths while improving on their weaknesses. When a student exits the Promising Futures Leadership Academy, they will exemplify the following traits: Pride, Focus, Leadership and Accountability.
What are you most looking forward to about the 2021-22 school year?
For the 2021-22 school year, I am looking forward to the resumption of a “normal” school day, where the students arrive, walk in the halls, talk amongst themselves, have lunch in the cafeteria and enjoy all the aspects of being a student in the Syracuse City School District without the limitations associated with a pandemic.