With the upcoming retirement of Dr. Russ Moore from Shaker Jr. High School, the North Colonie Central School District undertook an extensive search to find his replacement. The district interviewed a number of highly qualified internal and external candidates. At the September 24 Board of Education meeting, Mr. Davis Chamberlain was named the new Principal of Shaker Jr. High School effective December 17.
Mr. Chamberlain has been with the North Colonie Central School District since 2012 as Assistant Director of Pupil Services. Prior to joining North Colonie, Mr. Chamberlain was an Assistant Principal at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School and was also a Special Education Teacher in Lansingburgh.
“Davis places the needs of students above all else,” said Superintendent D. Joseph Corr. “He is a true advocate for students and embodies the District’s mission of “all means all”. He is flexible in his approach and understands the importance of empathy and solid communication as the keys to effective relationships.”
“I’m excited to leave Shaker Jr. High School in Mr. Chamberlain’s very competent hands,” said Shaker Jr. High School Principal Dr. Russ Moore. “I’ve known him since he arrived at North Colonie and have had numerous opportunities to work with him. He has the vision and expertise to continue to move Shaker Jr. High into the new era of Shaker Middle School.”
Mr. Chamberlain and Dr. Moore have already met, and will continue working together over the next few months to make the transition as seamless as possible.
Mr. Chamberlain said he is excited for the big changes that are coming to Shaker Jr. High School, including the new wing being added as part of the ongoing capital project. “Each time you go through a big change you can look at it a lot of different ways. I’m looking forward to the challenges and maintaining our strengths while identifying areas we can improve.”
He is also looking forward to the bright future that is ahead for Shaker Jr. High and the North Colonie school district. “When students, families, teachers, and the community work together, we are sure to deliver the best education for our students,” Mr. Chamberlain said.