Queensbury UFSD Employee Spotlight

  • Every employee plays a role in the vitality and success of the Queensbury school community. Throughout the year, Employee Spotlight features two randomly selected employees each week so staff members, parents, students and other community members can develop a more personal connection with the men and women who make this a special place to learn and work.

    Find the most recent issue below. For older issues, click on the links at left for the current school year or visit the Employee Spotlight archives page for prior school years.
  • Joanne McDonough,
    School Monitor
     
    Joanne McDonough This Queensbury resident and Class of 1989 alumna has worked for the district for two years. She currently serves as a school monitor in the cafeteria at Queensbury Elementary School.
    1. What do you enjoy most about the school year?
      "Having lunch with 900 plus students each day."

    2. When you're not working, what are some of your favorite interests and activities?
      "I spend a lot of time with my family and friends.  Both my children attend Queensbury, and they are involved with Tae Kwon Do, lacrosse, basketball and football so that keeps me pretty busy."

    3. In what ways do you try to support the greater Queensbury community and/or specific charitable organizations/groups?
      "We donate to different groups throughout the community."
  • Mikenzie Monroe,
    Art Teacher
     
    Mikenzie Monroe Monroe is in her first year of working for the district. She currently serves as an art teacher for grades 9-12 at Queensbury High School.
    1. What do you enjoy most about the school year?
      "Queensbury has a great environment, along with a great community that is very supportive of the arts. I have felt so welcomed by the other art teachers and all other staff. We have a great team of art teachers here. I have been able to work and spend time with all of the art teachers in the district this year already and can see first hand that our students are getting a high quality art education from kindergarten to twelfth grade."

    2. When you're not working, what are some of your favorite interests and activities?
      "I am a Young Life leader in Argyle, along with my husband, so most weekends are spent with high school students! The goal of this is to be a positive role model for kids, a chance for high school-aged people to develop healthy relationships with adults who care and are invested in their well-being. I also spend a lot of time with family and friends, enjoying all that living in the ADK’s have to offer.

    3. In what ways do you try to support the greater Queensbury community and/or specific charitable organizations/groups?
      "As a new teacher here, my goals are to help promote the arts in education. I believe the arts can play a huge role in the development of any person. Capturing student interest and allowing them to explore the world of art and finding personal meaning along with helping them to create well rounded portfolios is what I strive for. I have led a field trip of our students to a portfolio review day at Sage College, where students had their body of work evaluated by college admissions counselors and professors; invited and hosted speakers in my classroom, including professors and admissions counselors, artists, and a some of my past students who are currently attending art schools to share their knowledge about what it takes to be accepted and their experience thus far. This year I have been involved with students volunteering their time through a fundraiser called Chalk Fest, the Festival of Trees, and have worked with the World Awareness Children's Museum to create internships for our students. I want to show students that our local community offers many great learning and volunteer opportunities in which they can use their creativity while volunteering their time to great causes. I have started holding Open Studio each week, where students are invited to stay after school and spend focused time on their art, helping one another, and discussing their work, and sharing a meal together because we stay that late. It has been so rewarding watching our students take advantage of these opportunities and building community amongst their peers through art. Currently I, along with some students, have taken on some exciting tasks. There [was] a dragon boat in our art room to refurbish for the World Awareness Children's Museum, and we are helping a new business develop their branding through creating logos, business cards, menus, and other items for their cafe called Historic Grounds."