Hackett leader named 'Principal of the Year'
N.Y. (March 29, 2017) --
William S. Hackett Middle School’s Michael
Paolino has been chosen to receive a 2017 Principal of the Year Award
from the Greater Capital Region Principals’ Center.
The award is given to a principal whose outstanding
leadership embodies the mission and values of the Principals’ Center and
celebrates the unique role of the principal in shaping school
One of three area principals selected for the honor,
Paolino is the only middle-school leader in the group.
Paolino joined the City School District of Albany as
Hackett’s principal in August 2009. His early efforts dramatically
improved student attendance and discipline issues.
Also, Hackett was on an early list of schools that
faced state takeover due to previous years’ performance on state tests
that measure student math and English-language arts skills. Under
Paolino’s leadership, Hackett was removed from the list within a year
based on its rapid improvement. And in 2016, Hackett sixth-graders
scored higher on state tests in both math and English than all other
sixth-graders in Albany.
Paolino began his career in education as a business teacher in
Voorheesville. He later served as vice principal of Watervliet
Junior-Senior High School, associate principal of Voorheesville High
School and principal of Guilderland High School before his interim role
at Troy’s 600-student Doyle Middle School in 2008-09.
A graduate of Union College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology,
Paolino also earned an MBA in accounting from Union and a teaching
certificate from Siena College.
Created in 1985 through the Capital Area School Development Association,
the Greater Capital Region Principals’ Center provides training
to renew and improve the administrative skills of school principals.
It also serves as a network to tap into professional knowledge.
Paolino will receive the award at an April 12 dinner.