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Meet the SJHS Principals

Davis Chamberlain

Welcome to Shaker Junior High School. My name is Davis Chamberlain and I have been given the amazing opportunity to lead our school through the transition from a junior high school to a middle school. In doing this we will be identifying our shared vision and designing how we want to define ourselves as a middle school within the wider North Colonie community.

I have been an administrator for the past ten years most recently as a pupil services administrator here in North Colonie. Prior to my experience in North Colonie I have worked in different capacities in schools in Cobleskill, Lansingburgh and in Washington, DC. I earned a master’s degree from St. Rose, my undergraduate degree from Hobart College and grew up through a public school system in Guilford, Connecticut. Throughout my experiences, as both a student and an educator, I have been blessed by being surrounded by many dedicated individuals whose passion has been supporting the growth, learning and future of young people. I look forward to being a part of that experience for each and every student who walks the halls of Shaker Junior High School.

My wife works at SUNY Albany as the Director of Internships for the graduate program within the School of Public Health. Our children, Rowen and Ansen, are in 4th and 7th grades respectively. We enjoy playing Pictionary, visiting family, and Friday night pizza.

I take the responsibility of being a building principal very seriously and believe that open communication between all vested parties is essential for maximizing opportunity and outcomes for our students. Please don’t hesitate to call or contact me at any time at davischamberlain@ncolonie.org or (518) 785-1341.

Dawn LangeDawn Lange

Welcome to Houston and Norris Halls in Shaker Junior High School! My name is Dawn Lange and I am proud to be one of the Hall Principals at SJHS. The junior high school years are exciting and challenging for our students. My goal is to work with our excellent faculty and staff to create a learning environment in which all of our students are engaged in experiences that support their academic, social and emotional growth and development and foster life-long learners.

I have been a Hall Principal at Shaker Junior High School since 2001. I supervise the English department, the English as a New Language department, the Reading department, and share supervisory responsibilities for the Guidance department. Prior to coming to Shaker Junior High School, I was an elementary teacher in the South Colonie Central School District. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Rose where I competed in volleyball for one year. I earned my graduate degree from the University at Albany.

I look forward to working with our students and families during their years at the junior high. If you need to contact me, I can be reached at dawnlange@ncolonie.org.

Jan ZadoorianJan Zadoorian

Welcome to Calhoun and Clay Halls in Shaker Junior High School! My name is Jan Zadoorian. It is truly a pleasure to work with an outstanding faculty and staff on the mission of supporting our student’s academic and social growth at such a critical developmental time in their lives. 

In my current role at SJHS, I supervise the Social Studies department, Library-Media services and share responsibility for the guidance department. I also spent 14 years at Shaker High School, holding the positions of Administrative Dean, La Follette Hall Principal (grades 9/10) and Taft Hall Principal (grades 11/12). Prior to my positions in North Colonie, I was employed as an educator in the Schenectady City School District serving as a counselor, coach, classroom teacher, and administrator in charge of Schenectady’s Alternative Educational Program. 

While pursuing my undergraduate degree at the University at Albany, I played four years of varsity basketball. I subsequently completed a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology at the University at Albany and, in 2010, completed the NYS School District Leadership program at the College of St. Rose.

I thoroughly enjoy working with our junior high school students and families, and I look forward to supporting the development and growth of all of our students and our educational programs at SJHS. For questions, comments or ideas I can be reached at jzadoorian@ncolonie.org.