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OWWMS Principal Mark Fish leaving South Glens Falls

May 15, 2014

Fish will become superintendent in the Greenwich Central School District

Mark-FishAfter 18 years in the South Glens Falls Central School District, Oliver W. Winch Middle School Principal Mark Fish is leaving the district to become superintendent in the Greenwich Central School District.

Fish, who has been an educator for 27 years, began his career as a teacher in the Greater Johnstown City School District. He was assistant principal at OWWMS for two years before he became principal in 1998.

“It has been an honor to watch my kids and all of the students in South Glens Falls learn and grow over the past 18 years,” Fish said. He recounted his first interview for a job in South Glens Falls, recalling that he said that he “wanted to build a program I would be happy to send my own children through.” Fish is proud to say that, come June, all three of his children will be South Glens Falls graduates.

“Although this is a great loss for South Glens Falls, we wish Mark the best in this next step in his professional career,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “Mark’s leadership, dedication and his commitment to students have fostered an exceptional learning environment at our middle school. The Greenwich Central School District is very fortunate to have Mr. Fish as their next superintendent.”

During his time at OWWMS, the school was recognized three times as an Essential Elements: School-To-Watch, a national award that recognizes excellence in the following four domains; academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structure. This accomplishment, Fish said, is one of the best memories he’ll take with him.

“It was very rewarding to see all of that hard work not only benefit the students of South Glens Falls, but also result in state and national recognition for our school,” Fish said about the prestigious recognition.

In 2010, he was named New York State Middle School Principal of the Year and by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) and National Distinguished Principal by SAANYS and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

In addition to his work at the schools, Fish has been involved in the community as a coach of basketball, baseball and softball. He has also been an active volunteer for the South High Marathon Dance.

But what he will miss the most is the people—parents, students, teachers and his fellow administrators. “The community of South Glens Falls is incredibly supportive of the school and their children,” Fish said. “The faculty and staff at Oliver W. Winch are highly dedicated people that take their responsibility to care for and educate the students very seriously.”

Fish also said he has been lucky to work with only one assistant principal, Thomas Anguish, during his time as principal of OWWMS.

“Tom is a gifted administrator and a good friend. Much of the success of the Oliver W. Winch Middle School program can be attributed to Tom and his leadership role here at the school,” Fish said. “I could not have asked for a better partner.”

Fish currently lives in Moreau with his wife of nearly 25 years, Jill, and credits much of his success to the support his family has provided.

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