New principal named at Ag PTECH


ST. JOHNSVILLE — Denise Capece, a teacher and career and technical school administrator, has been named principal of Agriculture Pathways in Technology Early College High School, according to a news release.

Capece earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from SUNY Buffalo State, as well as her master’s degree in secondary special education.

Early in her career, she worked as a special education and classroom teacher for students ranging in age from elementary to high school.

For the past 15 years, she has been an administrator for Career and Technical Education schools, most recently as executive principal of the Capital Region Career and Technical Schools covering Albany, Schoharie and Schenectady.

Her other work experiences include working with adults with disabilities at group homes in Buffalo and teaching as an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College.

Capece said one of her primary goals this year will be to work on growing Ag PTECH to its full potential, including recruiting new students and ensuring the success of its current students.

She also wants to help bolster the workplace experiences for students.

“I am eager to work with our partners at the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce to expand our ever-growing connections with regional businesses,” she said.

Capece grew up in a rural area near Buffalo similar to the St. Johnsville area where Ag PTECH is located.

“I worked on a farm as a teenager and have maintained a strong connection to the agriculture industry. I feel very much at home here,” she said.

Capece has spent the past two weeks getting acquainted with staff and will hit the ground running as juniors began classes at the State University at Cobleskill.

“The project based learning approach and the extensive degree options from SUNY Cobleskill that Ag PTECH students can earn are phenomenal, and I’m thrilled to join the team that has built the foundation for this program,” she said.

Capece has a daughter, Gina, who attends Hudson Valley Community College, and a son, Anthony, who is a student at the State University at Albany. She lives in Colonie with her dog, Zorba, and cat, Norman.