At the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, June 18, experienced instructional leader Marie Digirolamo was appointed as the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction. Digirolamo is currently the director of world language, social studies and English as a new language.
In the assistant superintendent role, she is replacing Lauren Gemmill, who has been named Capital Region BOCES’ assistant district superintendent for curriculum and instruction. The transition will take place in July.
District leaders decided to fill the opening internally after two strong candidates stepped forward with an interest in the position. The selection process included interviews with three teams of district stakeholders, including teachers, instructional support staff, students, parents, administrators and Board members.
Digirolamo came to Niskayuna in 2014 as the director of the World Language and English as a New Language departments. A year later, she also began leading the Social Studies Department. Prior to joining district, she was principal of Taconic Hills Jr./Sr. High School. She began her career as a foreign language teacher, has taught at all academic levels, and has worked in the Albany, Cohoes, North Colonie and Stillwater school districts.
“Marie has proven herself as a strong instructional leader committed to advancing programs, supporting students and building the relationships necessary to foster professional growth,” Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. said. “I am confident that she will provide high-quality leadership for the Office of Instruction, as we focus on ensuring all students receive an education that prepares them for a changing world.”
In Niskayuna, Digirolamo has led teams of teachers from both the Social Studies and World Language departments through the year-long program review process, which is a key driver in the district’s vision for the future. She is a member of the Leadership Team’s planning group, which has coordinated initiatives and training focused on equity, diversity and trauma-informed schools.
“I am thrilled to take on this new role and I am looking forward to the work ahead. My focus is on helping to continue to move our academic program forward and strengthen student support so we provide each child with the best possible learning environment,” Digirolamo said. “Beyond my excitement, I am humbled by the opportunity and responsibility to work with all members of our school community to make sure that our students, teachers and staff have the support they need and deserve.”
The district will soon begin the process of searching for her replacement in the director role.