New principal at Middle School

Andrew Jablonski

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Middle School will have a new assistant principal.

Andrew Jablonski has been named assistant principal at the Middle School by the Board of Education during the Nov. 13 meeting.

According to the district, Jablonski has been serving as Principal Mark Batty’s right hand in the capacity of assistant principal since the school year began.

A news release from the district states that Jablonski is a graduate of Gloversville High School, Class of 1998. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Geneseo State College in 2001, his Master of Science degree in counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in school counseling from the University at Albany in 2003. He completed the School Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2011.

Before his appointment to assistant principal, Jablonski was heading into what would have been his 15th year as a school counselor, working at Gloversville High School for four years (2003-04, 2011-12 to 2013-14), and at the middle school for the past five years (2009-10 to 2010-11, 2014-15 to present). Before that, he was a counselor at Johnstown High School for five years (2004-05 to 2008-09).

Jablonski said his work as a school counselor has prepared him for his new position because it has provided him a global view of the building and experience working with the all the district stakeholders: administration, faculty, outside agencies, students and parents to help meet the needs of students, both individually and collectively.

“I tried to approach my role in the counseling office as an extension of the teacher in the classroom; however, rather than teaching a social studies lesson or math skills, I was teaching conflict resolution and social skills,” he said in the news release. “I am looking forward to continuing to develop positive relationships, teaching social and life lessons, and ultimately helping the students of Gloversville be as successful in their endeavors as possible in my new role as assistant principal.”