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Meet the SJHS Principals

Dr. Russ MooreDr. Russ Moore 

Welcome to Shaker Junior High! My name is Russ Moore and I have enjoyed our school from the position of Building Principal for 29 years. Shaker Junior High proudly provides all of our students with a safe, nurturing environment that will allow them to grow in many different ways. We want to help students begin identifying who they are, what they like to do, where their strengths lie, and perhaps develop some ideas of where they want to go with their education.

Our faculty and staff members understand the unique characteristics of this age level very well. They are always working with our students to push them to uncover their potential in new and interesting directions, while providing the support needed to succeed.

In addition to my responsibilities as Building Principal, I serve as chair for both the math and science departments and share the responsibility of supervising the Guidance Department with the two Hall Principals. Prior to joining SJHS, I was a junior/senior high school math teacher at Lowville Academy and Central Schools, a public school in Lewis County, where I taught most math courses from grade 7 through AP Calculus. During my last two years at Lowville I served as the Assistant Jr/Sr High School Principal. I’m a native of Lisbon, NY, and earned a BA and a MA in Mathematics from SUNY College at Potsdam. While pursuing my BA degree I competed in JV basketball for one year and baseball for all four years. I completed an MEd degree at St. Lawrence University and my PhD at the University at Albany. I have three boys, one each at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.

We hope to work closely with our community’s families to benefit all of our students. We want our youngsters to develop as individuals while being prepared to do well at Shaker High School and beyond. For questions, comments, or ideas I can be reached at

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

Jan ZadoorianJan Zadoorian

Welcome to Calhoun and Clay Halls in Shaker Junior High School! My name is Jan Zadoorian and I have been fortunate to serve as the Hall Principal for Calhoun and Clay Halls for the past three school years. 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 fourteen 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