Associate Principal Michael Paolino to become Guilderland High School Principal
Former Voorheesville Elementary School principal to be interim associate principal
It was 11 years ago and Michael Paolino's
career was right on track.
He had earned a master's degree in business administration from Union College and landed a job with a national accounting firm in Boston, so the sky was the limit in the corporate world of high finance.
The job was great, Boston was exciting, but Paolino
quickly realized that his
true calling was in a different field.
"My whole family is in education, and after college I was drawn to it more than I thought I would be," he
gave up his
job, moved back to the Capital Region, and in 1998 landed his
first job in the education field, as a business teacher at Clayton A. Bouton High School
Since then, he
hasn't looked back.
He was appointed associate principal at Clayton A. Bouton High School in 2002, and his successes in that position will now take him to Guilderland High School, which has about 1,800 students.
will assume his
new duties in late October.
As excited as he
is to begin in Guilderland
admits it will be difficult to leave the district where he
has spent nine of his
10 years in the education field.
feels privileged to have had the opportunity to work with a dedicated faculty and staff, a community that supports its students, and an administrative staff and Board of Education that work collaboratively to ensure personal and academic success of all students.
"The Voorheesville Central School District
has presented me with the opportunity to grow and develop both as a teacher and an administrator, and for that I am very grateful," he
has become good friends with many of his
colleagues and has high praise for the school district as a community.
"There's a collegiality here that creates a tremendous learning environment.
People work hard and do their jobs here," he
has learned much in his
time at Voorheesville
, but said the urge to challenge himself has grown in the past year or so, spurring him to apply for the principal's job at Guilderland
was convinced that the job was right for him when he
toured the school and saw and felt many of the same qualities that made his
job so enjoyable at Voorheesville
Now that Paolino
is moving on, the Voorheesville Board of Education
has taken steps to find his