At a special Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, Michael Kovall was appointed as assistant principal at Iroquois Middle School and Imran Abbasi was named the district’s director of World Language, Social Studies, and English as a New Language (ENL). Both Kovall and Abbasi are experienced educators and will begin in the district on Oct. 7.
The Iroquois position was vacated by Jessica Moore, who became an academic administrator in Burnt Hills, and the World Language, Social Studies and ENL position became open when Marie Digirolamo was named the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction.
Both positions were filled after comprehensive search processes, interviews with stakeholder teams, and final interviews with the superintendent and assistant superintendent.
Michael Kovall, Iroquois Middle School Assistant Principal
Michael Kovall brings more than eight years of middle school experience to Niskayuna. He has been a math teacher in both the Albany and East Greenbush school districts. Most recently, as an administrative intern at East Greenbush’s Goff Middle School, he coordinated the master building schedule, supervised interview teams, analyzed learning standards and was active in character education and No Place for Hate.
Kovall is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland and has a master’s in instructional technology. He also has experience as a land surveyor and lacrosse coach.
“I am honored and privileged to be taking on this new role,” Kovall said. “I am truly appreciative of the opportunity and am looking forward to working with the families and staff at Iroquois Middle School. I’m excited to join the Niskayuna community and to help our students have the best middle school experience possible.”
Imran Abbasi, Director of World Language, Social Studies, and English as a New Language
Imran Abbasi has been a school administrator for more than a decade, including serving as Niskayuna’s middle school assistant principal from 2008 to 2010. He left that position to become a high school principal in Voorheesville and is currently the principal of Schalmont High School. As a principal, he has overseen budgets and scheduling created alternative education programming and was active in curriculum mapping and long-term planning.
Abbasi is a graduate of the University at Albany and has a master’s in curriculum development and instructional technology. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D.
“This is a really special opportunity to work alongside teachers and staff to advance curriculum, instruction, and support in these three outstanding departments,” Abbasi said. “Many people that I worked within the district a decade ago are still here, which speaks to the kind of place that Niskayuna is. I look forward to connecting with colleagues, students and the community as we move forward.”