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South Glens Falls High School welcomes two new assistant principals

August 4, 2021

Two new assistant principals for South Glens Falls High School were approved by the board of education at its Monday, July 26, meeting.

Marianne Seelye and Derick GilmourMariane Seelye and Derick Gilmour will be joining the district this summer.

“I am thrilled Marianne and Derick will be joining the high school leadership team,” said South Glens Falls High School Principal Pete Mody. “I believe both of our new assistant principals have the experience and skillset to move our building forward in supporting students from both a social-emotional and academic perspective. They are both thoughtful, resilient leaders who have a history of making strong connections with students, families and staff and they will be excellent additions to the South High family.”

Seelye was most recently working as a reading interventionist at the Queensbury Union Free School District. Prior to that she was a middle school English teacher for 17 years in Queensbury. She received her bachelor of arts in English/secondary education and her master of science in educational psychology from The College of Saint Rose and her certificate of advanced study as a school building leader from SUNY Plattsburgh.

“I am beyond thrilled to be joining the South Glens Falls Central School District,” Seelye said. “I have always admired the culture, community and pride fostered here, and I am looking forward to supporting our students and families in any way that I can.”

Gilmour has most recently been an academy principal and vice principal at Albany High School. He has also worked as an assistant principal in southern New York, and was a social studies teacher for eight years prior to working as an administrator. Gilmour has a dual bachelor of science degree in sociology and philosophy from SUNY Oneonta and a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from Long Island University.

“As an educational leader I have come to believe that great schools are built upon the foundations of a positive school culture, supportive relationships, and the creation of a sense of family among staff and students. As one of my role models liked to say, ‘One school, one family.’ From the moment I first walked in the door at SGFHS I was treated with kindness and respect,” Gilmour said. “I’m very excited to join the South Glens Falls family and serve the students and families in this great community.”

Former assistant principal Jason Belknap will be assuming the role of district engagement coordinator at the end of August. This position will help address chronic absenteeism and serve as a liaison between the district and families.

Kyle Lis will become the assistant principal of Response to Intervention (RtI). In this position he will support students with individualized education plans and coordinate extra support services.

Category: District News, SGFalls HS News