The district’s central office administrative team is comprised of the superintendent, assistant superintendent for instruction, director of pupil personnel services, director of business and finance, director of pupil personnel services and director of student and staff support services. The district’s administrative offices are located at Van Antwerp Middle School, 1239 Van Antwerp Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309.
Cosimo Tangorra Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
(518) 377-4666, ext. 50706
Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., was appointed as the superintendent of schools in April 2015. Prior to coming to Niskayuna, Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., served as the New York State Education Department deputy commissioner for P-12 Education. He was previously a superintendent for 12 years, a principal, academic administrator and teacher.
Dr. Tangorra has a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from the Sage Colleges, a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Cortland, a master’s degree in special education from the College of St. Rose, and a bachelor’s degree from Siena College.
During his first year with the district, he and the Board of Education worked together to develop the District Strategic Plan, which focuses the district on three major areas: Curriculum and Programs; Environment and Culture; and Partnerships. Many individual initiatives continue to be implemented in alignment with the plan and in partnership with staff and community. These include advancing the district’s academic program, focusing on college and career pathways, diversity, and improving district facilities.
Find Dr. Tangorra on Twitter: @CosimoTangorra
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
(518) 377-4666, ext. 50703
Lauren Gemmill became the assistant superintendent for instruction in July 2014. Prior to that she served as the principal of Rosendale Elementary School for six years.
Prior to coming to Niskayuna, Gemmill she was the K-5 academic administrator for ELA and social studies with the Shenendehowa Central School District.
Gemmill has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education a master’s degree in reading and a certificate of advanced studies in educational administration and policy studies from SUNY Albany.
In her role as assistant superintendent, she leads the District Curriculum Assessment Council (DCAC), which is comprised of instructional leaders and faculty members. DCAC has established the ongoing Program Review process, through which each department undergoes a structured review of programs, needs and priorities on a regular cycle. Gemmill has also overseen a multi-year curriculum development initiative and leads the creation of the district’s annual Professional Development plan each year through a collaborative process.
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
(518) 382-2511, ext. 50737
Camille Harrelson was appointed as the Director of Pupil Personnel Services in July 2018. The director of pupil personnel services (PPS) leads our student service areas and Special Education Department.
Prior to coming to Niskayuna, Harrelson was the director of special education for the Granville Central School District, where she has served in a number of leadership roles, including as high school principal.
Director of Business and Finance
(518) 377-4666, ext. 50712
Carrie Nyc-Chevrier joined the district in October 2014. In her role, Nyc-Chevrier oversees all aspects of school budget development, business office operations, and financial reporting, as well as central service areas.
Prior to coming to Niskayuna, Nyc-Chevrier was the business office administrator for Questar III BOCES. Before that, she served as the business administrator in the New Lebanon Central School District and worked in SUNY System Administration and the private sector.
Nyc-Chevrier has a master’s degree in business administration and an advanced graduate certificate for school district business leader from the University at Albany.
In Niskayuna, she has overseen the process of building the budget from scratch and also supervises the areas of transportation, operations and maintenance, and food services. Nyc-Chevrier has played a leading role in the district’s continued expansion of shared transportation services with neighboring districts.
Director of Student & Staff Support Services
(518) 377-4666, ext. 50740
Deborah Marriott became the district’s director of student and staff support services in July 2017. The position oversees all aspects of human resources in the district.
Prior to coming to Niskayuna, Marriott was the director of human resources with the City School District of Albany and a longtime attorney with the State Education Department.
In addition to her law degree, Deborah holds dual certification as an elementary and special education teacher and is a certified school district administrator. She is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and Western New England School of Law.
In addition to human resources, Marriott serves as the school district’s safety officer, working closely with school principals, staff members, first responders and municipal partners on all aspects of school safety.