On Wednesday, June 12, five individuals will be inducted into the Shaker High School Alumni Hall of Fame. Doors open at 6 p.m. in the High School Media Center. Light refreshments will be served. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Congratulations to the inductees!
Class of 2019
Susan Allen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the College of William and Mary, as well as graduating from many Army and Pennsylvania State transportation and supply chain programs. She entered federal service as a Transportation Specialist at West Point. Ms. Allen has served in a wide variety of Department of Defense senior staff positions in Transportation, Logistics, Program Management, and Acquisition during her federal government career. She is also a member of the Virginia Area Six Special Olympics Board of Directors, and has earned numerous awards for her service including the Global War on Terrorism Medal, U.S. Army Transportation Corps Regimental Civilian of the Year, and U.S. Forces Korea Civilian Employee of the Year.
Jonathan Teale is the Chief of Police for the Colonie Police Department, overseeing a department of 112 sworn officers and 49 full and part time civilian employees. He is a lifelong resident of Colonie. During his near-three decade police career, he has worked as an investigator, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant, and administrative lieutenant. Mr. Teale has received the Colonie Police Department’s Distinguished Service Award and the John Kimball O’Neill Certificate of Achievement from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Dr. Jonathan Mathis is a graduate of American University with a degree in business administration, a graduate of Trinity Washington University with a master of science in administration and educational administration, and holds a PhD in Urban Education Policy at the University of Southern California and is the Executive Director of The Next Step Public Charter School of Washington, D.C. The school provides a learning community for nearly 400 adult-learners, ages 16-24, with a focus on college and career readiness. Dr. Mathis was selected as a 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Week Honoree by the American University Black Alumni Alliance. He has also served as the inaugural director of the National Honor Societies at the National Association of Secondary School Principals and served as the director of education and training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling. While a student at Shaker, Dr. Mathis began the program that recognizes Black History Month and the diversity of the Shaker student population.
Kimberly Jeram has been a teacher at Shaker High School for over two decades serving students with special needs. During her time as a teacher, she has gone above and beyond to help students graduate who otherwise would have dropped out of school. She devotes her time outside of school to tutor students who have been suspended and has a life-changing impact on students even after they graduate, helping some overcome homelessness. Mrs. Jeram also is an active member of the school community, chaperoning proms and senior picnics to help her students manage the environment.
Christian D’Orazio was a track standout at Shaker High School, holding a long jump record of 22 feet, nine inches that still stands today. He graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in physical health/education and a master’s degree in education. Mr. D’Orazio spent nearly four decades as a Marine Corps officer and civilian helping shape Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Corps as a whole. He has also created two pilot fitness programs, both for state and federal agencies, that were piloted under the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: the “Getting Stronger, Now” program for the state of Maryland and the “Semper Fit” program for the USMC.