Canajoharie special education director takes on expanded district duties

Canajoharie Special Education Director Jennifer Schwabrow has expanded her duties taking leadership of district-wide pupil personnel services and data coordination.

Canajoharie Special Education Director Jennifer SchwabrowIn the expanded position, in addition to special education, Mrs. Schwabrow will oversee school counseling, the district’s English as a Second Language program and all health, social work and psychological services. She will also serve as the district data coordinator managing student test scores and other information.

“As the director of special education and instructional services, Mrs. Schwabrow will focus on strengthening existing district services that serve the whole child,” Superintendent of Schools Deborah Grimshaw said. The new title for the position is Director of Special Education and Instructional Services.

Mrs. Schwabrow served as the district’s part-time special education director – a position shared with the Fort Plain Central School District – during the 2015-16 school year. After Fort Plain informed the district it intended to discontinue the shared service for 2016-17, Canajoharie decided to expand the position to better meet student needs.

Prior to becoming special education director, Mrs. Schwabrow served as a Canajoharie special education teacher for nine years.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary special education from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a master’s degree in literacy from SUNY Albany. She earned her administrator’s certification from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Prior to teaching in Canajoharie, she taught in Sharon Springs for three years.