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Effective leadership requires careful attention to the "4 R's- rigor, relevance, relationships and results".  And establishing trust within the team culture is the foundational core behind it all.

Work experience

Jul 2005Aug 2014

Principal- Special Programs

Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES

Managed several programs; gifted and talented education, adult education, Licensed Practical Nursing and TESOL. Retired in September 2014.

  • Administrated adult education program for students ages 18 and over providing literacy classes (two locations) and GED test preparation.  
  • Evaluated staff annually using BOCES evaluation and Civil Service process. Evaluated K-12 staff under newly revised NYS Annual Professional Performance System.
  • Managed 5-6 budgets and monitored funding under two grants - federal and state. Successfully partnered with area agencies for DOL manufacturing grant and WIA Literacy Zone funding.
  • Administrated the TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) itinerant program. Worked with 9-10 instructors servicing K-12 students in a variety of school districts needing English assessment and instruction.
  • Provided oversite for the adult continuing education classes. Examples include computer classes, heavy machinery/forklift, advanced manufacturing, medical and security training classes. 
  • Developed DOL and SED approved apprenticeship training programs for Plant Electricians and General Electricians.  Established two training  programs for area employers and their employees.
  • Supervised Licensed Practical Nursing and Certified Nursing Assistant programs offering day and evening programs. Handled all functions relayed to hiring, evaluating and marketing  on an annual basis.
    Nov 1994Jun 2005

    Gifted and Talented Staff Specialist

    Orleans Niagara BOCES

    Successfully coordinated and taught a gifted pullout program in a rural school district. Responsibilities included:

    • Providing instruction for over fifty students in grades 3-5 servicing two elementary schools.
    • Teaching enrichment classes for identified and non-identified students.
    • Testing/admitting new students.
    • Curricula development

    In 1996, students in the gifted pullout program placed third in the nation in the "Pringles Project"; a math and science program sponsored by LabNetwork, Cambridge, MA.

    Promoted growth of the Western New York Gifted Education Consortium (GEC) to keep educators current on the latest theories and instructional practices in gifted education.  Responsibilities included:

    • Scheduling and facilitating business meetings and workshops.
    • Networking with consultants and New York State Education Department contacts at conferences and meetings.
    • Leading focus and study groups for participating members.
    • Communication coordination and online mentoring via e-mail distribution.

    Directed the Odyssey of the Mind program by recruiting and servicing teams from area school districts.  Developed an Odyssey of the Mind "Team Workshop" to assist newly formed teams with skill development in critical and creative thinking while learning to work cooperatively within a team format. 

    May 1980Jun 1988

    Senior Underwriter/Consultant

    Received various promotions in the Group Pensions department of CIGNA; last title held was Senior Underwriting/Consultant for CIGNA's top 100 clients in group pension assets. Our major focus was to retain and grow clients using a focused, team approach and provide premier service.  Later, I was assigned the responsibility of supervising clerical staff in addition to my normal duties.



    Masters- Specialist in Educational Administration

    SUNY Buffalo

    Graduate of the LIFTS program.


    Masters Degree

    Niagara University

    Bachelors of Science

    SUNY College at Oneonta

    Minored in Educational Psychology

    Student teaching- Schenectady and Burnt HIlls


    Anthony Muller

    "Caren continuously evaluates all of her programs, and seeks out ways to ensure that they are both high quality and cost effective..."

    Melinda Georges

    "...I cannot thank you enough...You've raised the importance of being creative and resourceful in meeting the needs of G/T students and gave us a lot of great suggestions that will defintely be pursued."

    Dr. John L. Stoothoff

    "On behalf of the BOCES, I want to commend you for your breakout session presentation to the New York State Council of School Superintendents' Mid-Winter Conference entitled: Gifted Education in a Global Economy...Best Practices for All!...your topic and its implementation was a breath of fresh air..."

    Jamie Shapiro

    "As I prepare to start my year at Queensbury I just had to send you a thank you e-mail...I learned so much from YS last year that I have the skills to do a good job...I can't thank you enough for the experience...and all the lessons I learned."

    Affiliations/Professional Interests

    NYACCE (New York Association for Continuing/Community Education)

    SAANYS (School Administrators Association of New York State)

    Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

    Association for Gifted and Talented Educators in New York (AGATE)

    National Association of Gifted Children

    GETS Network (Gifted Education Training Service)-New York State Dept. of Education

    American Education Research Association-previous member

    Phi Delta Kappa-previous member


    iPhone 6 and IPads
    Proficient at using iPhones and IPad tablets.
    Smartboard and Notebook
    Curriculum Connector
    Curriculum mapping tool
    Blackboard Suite
    Online application for distance learning courses and book studies.
    Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, etc.
    Proficient with MS office products.
    Certified to administer CPR and AED assistance to staff in need of medical assistance.  Participated in two training sessions conducted by the American Heart Association.


    Jul 2005Present

    School District Administrator

    New York State
    Jan 1998Present

    Gifted and Talented Extension

    New York State
    Jan 1977Present

    Public School Teacher

    New York State