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Tech Valley High School Operating Board appoints new chief academic officer/principal



The Tech Valley High School (TVHS) Operating Board voted to appoint the school’s next chief academic officer/principal at a special board meeting Tuesday night. Dr. Amy W. Hawrylchak, who has served as the assistant principal of Guilderland High School since 2015, will become the school’s next leader, effective January 4, 2021.

Capital Region BOCES and Questar III BOCES, which jointly operate the school, conducted a search for a new chief academic officer and principal after former principal Dr. James Niedemeier became the superintendent of Duanesburg Central School District.

“We are familiar with Amy’s work at Guilderland over the past five years, where she expanded opportunities for students. Her collaborative style, along with her experience with data and technology, will serve her well as the school’s new chief academic principal and principal,” Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy said.

Hawrylchak has nearly 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in public education. She is a former faculty member at Capital Area School Development Association (CADSA) and previously served as an adjunct professor at The College of St. Rose. She also served in administrative roles in Lexington and Natick, Mass. public school systems. She started her education career as a middle school Spanish and French teacher in Natick.

“Amy’s passion for collaboration makes her the right choice for this dynamic role leading a school built on partnerships with higher education, K-12, business and others. We look forward to working with Amy to expand Tech Valley High School’s impact and reach,” said Questar III BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Gladys I. Cruz.

Hawrylchak has a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany, master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Sage College. She also completed administrative licensing programs at Cambridge College and Canisius College.

“I am excited to begin my new role at Tech Valley High School. It is truly an honor to join this innovative school community. I look forward to collaborating with our students, teachers, parents, operating board members, school districts, business alliance and foundation members and other partners,” said Hawrylchak. 

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