As a teacher on special assignment, grade 8 counselor Andrew Jablonski has spent the past several week in the principal’s office at Gloversville Middle School. He has been serving as Principal Mark Batty’s right hand in the capacity of assistant principal since the school year began. The Board of Education made it official and appointed Jablonski the new assistant principal for the middle school during its regular meeting on November 13.
A graduate of Gloversville High School (Class of 1998), Jablonski 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 (MCLA) in 2011.
Before his appointment to assistant principal, Jablonski was heading into what would have been his 15th 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 of 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. “I am looking forward to continuing to develop positive relationships, teach social and life lessons, and ultimately help the students of Gloversville be as successful in their endeavors as possible in my new role as assistant principal.”