District appoints new AP-IB coordinator
ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 31, 2019) – The
City School District of Albany Board of Education has appointed veteran
Albany High School teacher Leah Evans as the district’s full-time
coordinator for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
programs. The board appointed Evans to the new position at its meeting
Thursday night. She will begin in that role Feb. 25.
The process to replace Evans in the classroom is
underway. The school will have more specific information about that
process for students in Evans’ classes.
A social studies teacher,
Evans has taught at Albany High for 11 years. She is the 2015 Albany
High recipient of the district’s Golden Apple award recognizing
excellence in teaching at each school, and the 2016 recipient of the
Crystal Apple, the annual district-wide teacher of the year award.
In her new role, Evans will oversee the numerous
opportunities Albany High offers students to take rigorous college-level
courses through the AP and IB programs. Albany High is a regional leader
in AP courses with 20 offerings, and was one of the first high schools
in the Capital Region to offer the prestigious IB program.
In accepting the position at Thursday’s meeting,
Evans described a future vision for creating AP and IB pathways from the
district’s elementary schools and middle schools to Albany High. She
also emphasized an equity plan to ensure that all district students are
prepared to choose Albany High’s high-level courses.
“Every student – EVERY student – should be equipped
with the academic tools to make the decision to enter these programs,”
“I am passionate about this work and about our kids.
I know that every single one of our students is capable of doing this
work, and I truly believe that all of our students can reach success
through these programs.”
Evans was a triple-major during her undergraduate
studies at the University at Albany, earning degrees in business,
communications and history. She earned a master’s in secondary education
If you have any questions, please contact Principal
Jodi Commerford at (518) 475-6200.
The mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
approximately 9,500 students in 18 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 School.