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Meet the Middle School Administrators

Davis Chamberlain

Welcome to Shaker Middle School (SMS). 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 Haystack and Skylight Halls in Shaker Middle School! My name is Dawn Lange and I am proud to be one of the Hall Principals at SMS. 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 SMS 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 middle school. If you need to contact me, I can be reached at dawnlange@ncolonie.org.

 

Thea MacFawnThea MacFawn, NBCT

Welcome to Shaker Middle School!

My name is Thea MacFawn and I am delighted to be the SMS Dean. Middle school is a unique and exciting time. I believe a positive, caring, and inclusive school culture is an essential part of student growth and success. As Dean, I work with our students, staff, and families to develop and provide programming and leadership opportunities that allow all students to flourish.

I have been an educator in the North Colonie Central School district since 2005. Prior to my role as Middle School Dean, I was the building assistant at Boght Hills Elementary School, Principal Liaison to Blue Creek and Boght Hills Elementary Schools, and spent 13 years as an English teacher at Shaker High School.

I’ve been appointed to the New York State Education Department’s English Language Arts advisory panel and its Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education strategy team. I am a National Board Certified teacher, a United States Holocaust Museum Teacher Fellow, and a 2018 Empire State Excellence in Teaching award recipient.

My academic background includes a master’s degree in Teaching English from the University at Albany, a bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Albany, and certificates in School District and School Building Leadership from The College of Saint Rose.

I look forward to working with our students and families. If you need to contact me, I can be reached at tmacfawn@ncolonie.org.

 

Lauren Sheeler pictureLauren Sheeler

Welcome to Algonquin and Skylight Halls in Shaker Middle School! My name is Lauren Sheeler and I am excited to be one of the Hall Principals at SMS! My greatest hope is for all students to feel welcome, supported, and inspired to achieve. I work collaboratively with all of our wonderful faculty to promote the academic, social, and emotional well-being of our students.

This will be my first year as Hall Principal at SMS. However, this will be my 14th year in North Colonie. I was a Spanish Teacher at Shaker High School for many years and then an Administrative Dean at Shaker High School for five years. Before coming to North Colonie, I also taught Spanish at Lansingburgh High School and at a high school outside Boston. My undergraduate degree is in Spanish and Education from The College of the Holy Cross. I have two graduate degrees, one in Education with a concentration in Spanish from the University at Albany and another in Administration from Lamar University in Texas.

My husband, Greg Sheeler, is a physical education teacher and varsity football coach at Shaker High School. We have two sons, Will and Cal. Will is a Blue Creek student and Cal attends St. Ambrose. As a family, we enjoy traveling, playing sports, spending time outdoors, and watching movies.

I am motivated each day by the enthusiasm and energy that all of our students bring to the school building. I am always here to help and support students, families, and faculty. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns – laurensheeler@ncolonie.org.