The Queensbury Board of Education appointed Amanda Denno as the new Assistant Principal of the William H. Barton Intermediate School (WHBI) during its regular meeting on Monday, June 10. Denno is currently a special education teacher at WHBI. Denno will begin her new role effective July 1.
Denno will work alongside Gwynne Cosh, who was appointed principal of WHBI in May. Among her many duties, Denno will assist with the planning and organization of all school-related activities; work with the principal on the development, revision and evaluation of the curriculum; assist with the orientation of newly assigned/hired staff members; and maintain active two-way communication with students, parents and community members.
“I am honored and excited to begin this new role within the Barton building where I began my teaching career 10 years ago,” said Denno. “I look forward to continuing to work with families, students and staff to build strong, positive relationships.”
Denno has been a special education teacher at WHBI since 2009. During her teaching tenure, Denno modified fourth and fifth grade curriculum to better meet the needs of special education students; implemented Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop lessons in both fourth and fifth grade; participated in the development of a standards-based report card and grading system, and chaired the WHBI Shared Decision Making Team.
“Amanda will be a valuable addition to our leadership team and it will allow for a smooth transition from her current role into this new position,” said WHBI Assistant Principal Gwynne Cosh. “I know the students and families will enjoy getting to know Mrs. Denno in her new role as she continues to work closely with our students and families.”
Since August 2018, Denno served as an administrative intern at the WHBI. During her internship, Denno worked in collaboration with the building principal and assistant principal on day-to-day school matters, shadowed the APPR evaluation process for three announced observations and two unannounced observations and assisted with the hiring of teachers, aides and cafeteria monitors. Additionally, Denno assisted in forming a Best Buddies Elementary Chapter at the WHBl – making Queensbury the second school district in the state to have a Best Buddies group at each educational level.
“Amanda Denno has been in the district as a teacher for the last 10 years,” said District Superintendent Doug Huntley. “We are very excited to have a person of Amanda’s quality and experience to assume the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the Barton building.”