Niskayuna Schools Van Antwerp > Meet Our Principal

Luke Rakoczy, Principal
2253 Story Ave., Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 370-1243 Fax: (518) 370-4610

Meet Our Principal

Principal Luke Rakoczy

picture of Mr. Rakoczy
Below, Mr. Rakoczy greets students on the first day of school.
Mr. Rakoczy greets a student

Principal Luke Rakoczy's goal is to work to achieve the mission and vision of Niskayuna Middle Schools.

Welcome to VA! My name is Luke Rakoczy and I truly enjoy being a middle-level educator. Young adolescence can be a challenging time for students as they adjust to a variety of developmental changes (social, emotional, physical, cognitive, etc). My goal is to work with our excellent faculty and staff to provide support, instruction and experiences that meet the developmental and academic needs of students. We also try to have fun doing it! I am very proud to work in a school where students come first and the unique characteristics of this age are appreciated.

I have been the principal at Van Antwerp since 2005, but began my career as a social studies teacher in the Guilderland School District. My administrative career began as a social studies supervisor in the Rotterdam-Mohonasen School District. I obtained my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University at Albany, where I was an All-American and Academic All-American athlete.

It is our sincere hope that we can partner with families to the benefit of our students. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments or ideas. I can be reached at or by phone at 370-1243. There are many opportunities to volunteer or assist with school events and activities. Please use the link for the VA PTO to contact our PTO presidents and get involved.