Principal Luke RakoczyPrincipal Luke Rakoczy
(518) 370-1243

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. There are many opportunities to volunteer or assist with school events and activities. Please visit our PTO website to contact our PTO presidents and find out how you can get involved!


Assistant Principal Jessica MooreHeadshot of Assistant Principal Jessica Moore

My name is Jessica Moore and I the assistant principal at both of our middle schools. I feel so fortunate to be be a part of the Niskayuna community and to have the opportunity to work with all of our middle school students.

I began my career teaching middle school science to 8th graders before joining Niskayuna Schools for the 2016-2017 school year. I obtained my undergraduate degree in geology and graduate degree in education from Union College in Schenectady and a CAS in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University.

If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas you’d like to share feel free to reach out. I look forward to working with all of our middle school families and students!