Albany High principal joins district leadership team
N.Y. (July 28, 2015) -- The City School District of Albany has promoted
former Albany High School Principal Cecily Wilson-Turner to the position
of assistant superintendent for instruction.
The Board of Education
confirmed Wilson-Turner’s appointment to the district’s senior
leadership team at its July 16 meeting. The board also confirmed the
appointments of Timitra Rose as assistant principal at the new West Hill
Middle School, and Anthony Albanese as the district’s director of pupil
Veteran administrator Dale
Getto has replaced Wilson-Turner as acting principal at Albany High.
An Albany native and 1995
Albany High graduate, Wilson-Turner served as principal at her alma
mater for three years. She previously served as a house and academy
principal at Albany High from 2010-12, and as an elementary principal at
Sheridan Preparatory Academy from 2007-10.
As one of two assistant
superintendents for instruction, Wilson-Turner will work directly with
principals. She also will manage district-wide functions in safety,
registration, nursing, transportation, and prekindergarten and
elementary summer school.
Wilson-Turner began her
professional career in 2000 as a kindergarten teacher at Arbor Hill
Elementary School, returning to the school where she began her academic
journey. She also taught third and fourth grade at Arbor Hill Elementary
before moving to Sheridan Prep as principal.
earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Princeton University's
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she
also earned certificates in teacher preparation and African-American
studies. She earned a master’s in early childhood and elementary
education at New York University in 2000, with specialization in
language and literacy.
She holds certificates of advanced study in school district leadership
and school building leadership from The College of St. Rose (2007).
The new acting principal at Albany High, Getto has served at the high
school since 2010 – first as school improvement manager for four years
and most recently as principal at Albany High’s Abrookin Career and
Technical Center during the 2014-15 school year.
Prior to that, Getto was principal at North Albany Academy, the
district’s only prekindergarten-grade 8 school, from 2005-10.
She was an administrator at William S. Hackett Middle School and
Abrookin for four years, the first district-wide behavior specialist
from 1997-2001 and a teacher for 10 years at Giffen Memorial Elementary
School and Albany School of Humanities (ASH).
Rose will join Principal Kandie Antonetti as leaders at West Hill. The
district established West Hill Middle School (grades 6-8) for 2015-16
following the closure of the Brighter Choice charter middle schools for
boys and girls at the end of June. The board previously appointed
Antonetti as principal of the new school. A veteran middle-school
teacher in the district at the former Philip Livingston Magnet Academy
and Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, Antonetti served as an
office-assigned teacher at Albany High for the last four years.
Rose comes to the district from the State Education Department, where
she served for four years as a project coordinator in the Office of
Curriculum, Assessment and Educational Technology. She previously worked
in the district as an elementary teacher at Thomas O’Brien Academy of
Science and Technology (TOAST) and Montessori Magnet School from
Albanese comes to Albany after serving as superintendent in the
Margaretville (N.Y.) Central School District from 2008 until his
retirement last fall. Prior to that, he served as director of pupil
personnel services in the Scotia-Glenville School District from 2002-08,
and as deputy executive director for education at Wildwood School in
Schenectady from 1989-2002.
Albanese replaces Stanley Harper as director of pupil personnel services
in Albany. Harper left the district in June to become superintendent of
the Salmon River (N.Y.) Central School District.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
more than 9,000
students in 17
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