GESD taps elementary principal as new Director of Student Support Services
The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education has appointed Kimberly Ackerbauer-Ross as the district’s new director of Student Support Services, effective Jan. 1. She succeeds Rosanne Plumadore who retired in December.
As director, Ross will oversee the department, which is responsible for the education of approximately 600 students and 50 staff members. In addition to general special education and Medicaid, her department administers support programs for the district’s students, including speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological and behavioral services. Student Support Services also provides oversight of home-schooled students, students who are home tutored and the education of homeless students under the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
A Montgomery County native, Ross previously served as interim elementary principal in the Middleburgh Central School District, and worked as an administrative intern and summer school principal in the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District. Before entering school administration, she taught social studies at Golding Middle School in Cobleskill for 12 years.
During her tenure as interim elementary principal in Middleburgh, she worked collaboratively with the Director of Pupil Personnel Services to review, revise and implement research-based practices for the district. In addition, her experience in both co-teaching and self-contained classroom settings allowed for foundational experiences in special education, she said.
“My experiences serving as a classroom educator and also as a school principal have provided me with expanded knowledge and perspective from a K-12 lens,” Ross said. “I am looking forward to collaborating with the district’s K-12 staff and administrators to continue to successfully move all our students towards graduation.”
Ross attended the State University of New York at Oneonta, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Adolescent Education and Social Studies. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Educational Theory and Practice and History, her School Building Leader Certification from the University at Albany and School District Leadership Certification from the State University at Plattsburgh
Ross, who has three grown children, lives in the Montgomery County town of Root with her husband, Michael, and two rescue dogs.