Canajoharie BOE Member Dr. Mark Brody to be honored with CASDA Excellence in School Board Service Award

The Canajoharie Central School District is honored to announce that Board of Education President Dr. Mark Brody will be honored with the 2022 CASDA Excellence in School Board Service Award on Wednesday, April 13, at the CASDA Annual Awards Dinner being held at Franklin Terrace in Troy. 

This annual award is given by CASDA to recognize individuals who embody the crucial role School Board members play in supporting school districts within their community through advocacy, outreach and stewardship. Recipients demonstrate leadership by serving as a point of connection between schools and their community to ensure that school districts provide students and families with dynamic educational opportunities in positive learning environments.

Dr. Brody is a retired veterinarian that has resided in Canajoharie for almost 25 years. He has been on the BOE for 12 years and has been the Vice President and President during his tenure. He has been on the Finance, Negotiations, Health and Wellness, Capital Building Project, Health Insurance and Legislative Committee during this time. Dr. Brody is also involved in the community by organizing and cooking community dinners and is on the board for the Fort Rensselaer Club in Canajoharie.

Dr. Brody has worked as a large animal veterinarian in Montgomery County for many years. He is married with two sons, Jake and Nate, who are both Canajoharie High School graduates.

Before entering veterinary school at the age of 41, he was a newspaper reporter, New York City cab driver, and, finally, garbage truck mechanic for the city of New York. He was also a shop steward and served on his union’s executive board. Dr. Brody enjoys woodworking, music, skiing, mountain biking, cooking and gardening. His punning ability pales in comparison to that of his elder son’s.

Superintendent Nick Fitzgerald stated “Dr. Brody makes himself available to anyone at any time. He routinely goes to people’s homes and places of interest to hear their concerns and issues. He does not HAVE to do this, but it shows his character, his thoughtfulness, and his ability to listen to different viewpoints.”