Randolph Academy taps Sayoc to lead campus

Submitted Photo Stephen Sayoc has been named Principal of Randolph Academy’s Randolph Campus. His 30-year career includes counseling positions with the Randolph Academy, East Aurora and Orchard Park school districts, in addition time as a professional tennis player, high school and collegiate coach, and club director.

RANDOLPH — The Randolph Academy has appointed Stephen Sayoc as the new principal of its Randolph campus.

Sayoc has been with the district since 2018, when he joined the Randolph campus as a school counselor, a role he held until this new appointment. He has held similar roles at East Aurora High School and Fredonia Middle School, as well as the Gloria R. Davis Middle School in San Francisco, during his career.

Sayoc also has extensive coaching and mentoring experience. A U.S. Professional Tennis Association-certified tennis professional with more than 30 years of teaching, coaching and organizational management experience, he has coached at the high school and collegiate levels, including the varsity teams at Orchard Park and East Aurora high schools. He also has served as director of tennis for the Village Glen Tennis Club in Williamsville (2007-09) and Southtowns Tennis Club in Orchard Park (2005-13). Before joining Randolph Academy, Sayoc played professional beach tennis on the ITF tour. He has also served as a health and fitness accountability coach.

“Mr. Sayoc has consistently shown a unique ability to connect with our students since joining Randolph Academy in 2018,” said Danielle Cook, Randolph Academy superintendent who oversees the Randolph campus as well as its campus in Hamburg. “He’s been recognized by his colleagues with our prestigious Peer Recognition Award and twice received our Unlocking Student Potential Award. His dedication to our students’ success, as well as that of his colleagues, has been demonstrated throughout his time here, and we’re proud and excited for him to have earned this next step in his leadership development.”

Sayoc holds a master’s degree in Education and Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is currently pursuing a School District Leader certificate of advanced study at Buffalo State College, which he anticipates completing in 2023. He has three children – Taylor (23), Noah (21) and Savannah (17) – and currently resides in Orchard Park with his wife, Lisa, daughter, Savannah, and dog, Louie.

“Working at Randolph Academy has allowed me to have an impact on the lives of students who have faced many unique – and often daunting – challenges,” Sayoc said. “I’m excited for the chance to now have an even greater impact on the lives of the young people we serve, the families who care for them, and the team members I support.”

The Randolph Academy Union Free School District supports, empowers and educates children in grades K-12 who have a variety of emotional and mental health disabilities stemming from various causes and conditions. The nearly 200-student district is comprised of a residential campus, whose origins trace back to the 1860s in Randolph, N.Y. and serves students from throughout the state, and a day school in Hamburg, N.Y., which serves students from dozens of districts across Western New York.


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