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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent


Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal to MED

Michael Burns in front of MEDPlease welcome Michael Burns to the Chatham Central School District. Mr. Burns is the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School’s new assistant principal and comes to Chatham from the Voorheesville Central School District, where he taught fourth and fifth grades. 

“I love working with kids. I find it is the most rewarding profession there is,” said Burns on being an educator. “One of the first things that really impressed me about MED is the sense of good culture here, the sense of family and community that really is Chatham. As assistant principal, I really look forward to being able to work with students and teachers in a greater capacity and make connections with our families and community that are rewarding for everyone.”

Burns holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in school building leadership from the University at Albany and a master’s degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose. He has twelve years’ experience as an elementary school educator, having taught fourth and fifth grades at Voorheesville, and before that, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades at Central Park Middle School in Schenectady. While at Voorheesville, Burns spearheaded development of a project-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program and acted as building supervisor for discipline at the elementary school. He also coached JV football for Voorheesville High School.

Burns lives in Loudonville, where he enjoys spending time with his wife, his one-year-old daughter, and the family dog and cat. He is an avid writer and is currently in the process of submitting two books to publishers for consideration. He is also a big football and baseball fan, takes a lot of family hikes, and loves to run. 

The Board of Education appointed Burns to the assistant principal positon in June and he officially started at MED on July 1st. His responsibilities include student discipline, curriculum development, supervision of teaching assistants, and staff evaluations. He also serves as the District’s homeschool liaison. He replaces outgoing assistant principal Lindsay Morris, who left MED to accept the principal position at Tamarac Elementary School.