Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal at CHS
Please welcome Eric Papandrea to the Chatham Central School District. Mr. Papandrea is the new assistant principal for Chatham High School and comes to us from the Hoosic Valley Central School District, where he was director of athletics and taught social studies at the high school. As assistant principal at Chatham High, he is in charge of student discipline and professional development for teaching assistants, and acts as the District’s home tutoring liaison.
The Board of Education appointed Papandrea to the assistant principal positon on September 13th. He has eleven-years’ experience as a public high school educator and holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in school building leadership from The College of Saint Rose as well as a master’s degree in teaching from The Graduate College of Union University.
Papandrea says he is excited to now be working in Chatham because the school and surrounding area reflect the small-town values he feels are important, and because he was impressed with the community’s warm feel, sense of history, and abundance of modern cultural resources.
“I’ve always felt that having a genuine concern for the community and practicing active citizenship makes you a better educator. I plan on being somebody that is very visible here and making the kind of connections with our students and families that allow people to know if you see me, you can talk to me,” Papandrea said.
Outside of the school day, expect to see him often at school concerts, plays, and sporting events. Papandrea says he is particularly looking forward to experiencing the rich performing arts programs Chatham has to offer, such as the High School’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare which begins in just a few weeks.
Papandrea grew up in Voorheesville and graduated from Voorheesville High before attending Union College in Schenectady, where he played four years of football for the Dutchmen. He now lives in Slingerlands with his wife and sixteen-month-old daughter. When not at work he enjoys chasing his kid around, catching a good movie with his wife, watching football on Sundays, and vacationing on Cape Cod.
He replaces former assistant principal Terry Bordell, who over the summer accepted the position of assistant director of professional review at the Albany City School District.