New middle school principal to join Canajoharie Central School District

The Canajoharie Central School District is pleased to announce that Christopher DePaolo will be the new Canajoharie Middle School principal starting with the 2017-18 school year.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment on Thursday, August 10.

DePaolo comes to Canajoharie from the Gloversville Central School District, where he was the middle school assistant principal this past academic year. He replaces Mark Rauch who returned to teaching.

DePaolo was selected from a pool of more than 30 applicants after a three-stage search process, which included input from district administrators, middle school teachers and staff, and parents of current middle school students.

“We welcome Mr. DePaolo to our district. He is a career-long middle school educator who understands the importance of middle-level education, which serves as the bridge between elementary and high school,” said Canajoharie Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw.

Before entering school administration, DePaolo was an eighth-grade social studies teacher from 2009-16 in the Herkimer Junior/Senior High School.

He earned his initial school building leader certification in 2015 and his New York State adolescent education professional certification (Social Studies) in 2013. He received a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Adolescent Education and Social Studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 2008.

DePaolo lives with his wife and three daughters in Little Falls.