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Capital Region BOCES CTE names Joseph Duffy new Albany principal

Longtime educator to join BOCES team later this month

 

Joe DuffyA longtime educator who most recently served as principal in the Schenectady City District has been selected to serve as principal of the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) Albany Campus.

Joseph Duffy will start work at BOCES later this month following his July appointment by the BOCES Board of Education.

Currently principal of the Elmer Avenue Elementary School in Schenectady, Duffy has served in various administrative positions since 2004, including dean of the Career and Leadership Center at Steinmentz from 2005-06. Prior to taking on administrative duties, Duffy was a teacher for several years.

During a visit to the Albany campus on Monday, Duffy said he is thrilled by his new position.

"I am very excited to be working with trade students and sharing the message that the skilled trades and preparing students to earn a living working in the trades is a valuable role for the education system," he said.

He also looks forward to working hand-in-hand with teachers in shaping the CTE classroom of the 21st century and vows to be a frequent visitor to those classrooms.

"Getting out and making the rounds in the classrooms is what I do," Duffy said. "Last year, I did 125 classroom walkthroughs in Schenectady and those are just the ones I recorded, there were likely more."

Deputy Director of the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Dr. Valerie Kelsey said Duffy brings a passion to career and technical education.

"His father was a plumber so he values and understands the importance of the trades," Kelsey said. "I look forward to working with him and hearing him share that passion with our students."

Duffy noted that not only was his father a plumber, but his mother worked as a paralegal and he has an extensive history of working in middle skills jobs.

"I've worked doing black topping, carpentry, as a laborer, seal coater and in landscaping so I understand the value of career and technical education and the important role it has in creating a workforce ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow's economic reality," Duffy said.

Duffy succeeds longtime CTE Principal and Assistant Principal Larry Hinman who retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

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