District employee and three students earn human
ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan.
31, 2012) --
The Albany Human Rights Commission will
recognize three district students and a district employee on Feb. 1
at a special ceremony at City Hall.
Albany High School psychologist Liz
Gialanella, Ph.D., an Albany resident and
district parent, wears several hats at Albany High.
Besides being the school psychologist, she is the
faculty advisor to the school’s Gay-Straight
Alliance and the Chess Club. She also is a member of
the committee that evaluates and advises on
improving the climate at Albany High.
In addition, Gialanella currently helps disabled
students at Albany High set up and operate a school
store, giving those students real-world experience
in retail operations. She also initiated an effort
to recognize teachers who make a difference in the
lives of students.
The three students who will be recognized are
Jamie Curcio, an eighth-grader at
William S. Hackett Middle School, Jaden
Tesch, a third-grader at New Scotland
Elementary School and Tamera Thomas,
a sixth-grader at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle
Each was a winner in the city’s 2011 “What
Juneteenth Means to Me” essay and poster contest.
The event is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the
City Hall rotunda, and the public is welcome.
The Sheridan Preparatory
Academy chorus will perform at the event. The Albany
Fund for Education, the non-profit group that
supports Albany’s public schools, also will be
recognized for their efforts.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,700
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High