Queensbury Board appoints Denise Troelstra Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Denise TroelstraThe Queensbury Board of Education intends to appoint Denise Troelstra as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction during its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10. Mrs. Troelstra began her tenure in the district in 1993 as a teacher at Queensbury Elementary School. Over the course of her 27 years in the district, her teaching experience includes elementary, intermediate and high school English. Troelstra has served as the high school English Department Chairperson and the K-12 Literacy and Learning Strategies Coach. She has been in her current role, Director of Secondary Curriculum, since 2016.

“Queensbury Union Free School District is a place I have called home for the last 27 years,” said Troelstra. “I am honored to be selected to as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and am truly fortunate to work in a district whose core foundation is to embrace lifelong learning. Every day, I am inspired by our students and our dynamic school community who strive to learn, grow, and contribute. Providing outstanding professional learning opportunities for our faculty and staff, continuing a culture of lifelong learning and creating a strong collaborative environment is paramount to serving our students. I look forward to working with our talented faculty and staff to provide our students with the best opportunities to explore and fulfill their dreams.”

As Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Troelstra will take over the role currently held by Kyle Gannon, who was recently appointed Superintendent of Schools effective Feb. 1.

Some of the highlights of Mrs. Troelstra’s tenure at Queensbury schools include: significantly raising the number of students participating in college credit bearing courses offered at QHS; creating a highly effective new teacher induction program; increasing the overall participation in International Baccalaureate courses and the IB diploma programme; working with faculty in analysis and evaluation of their data to improve student achievement; and working with the building principals to deliver Pathways presentations for all students in grades 6-12.

Troelstra holds certifications in elementary education B-6, Literacy K-12, English 7-12, School Building Leader and School District Leader. She has also served as an adjunct at the University at Albany and SUNY Plattsburgh where she taught graduate courses in literacy and curriculum.

“Mrs. Troelstra has been a strong contributor in every facet of the Queensbury curriculum,” said incoming Superintendent of Schools Kyle Gannon. “Her strong work ethic coupled with her knowledge of the Queensbury community makes her an ideal fit for the position.”

The candidate search and interview process for a new Director of Secondary Curriculum will begin this spring.

Troelstra will begin her new role Feb. 1.