New Leaders Join The BOCES Team

Administrators Bring Decades of Experience To BOCES Schools

Please join us in welcoming Gabriele Barbato as the new principal of Maywood School, Carrie Sunkes as principal of the Cooperative Virtual Learning Academy and Matthew Ward as principal of the Career & Technical School, Schoharie Campus.

They bring decades of experience in school administration to these roles, and we’re excited to have them join our team. 

With all of our administrative staff in place, we’re ready to roll for the 2021-22 school year!

New Maywood School Principal 

Gabriele Barbato, who has short brown hair and a closely trimmed beard and mustache, looks at and smiles for the camera.
Maywood School Principal Gabriele Barbato

Gabriele Barbato joined us this summer from Eagle Point Elementary School in Albany, where they served as Pre-K through Grade 6 principal since 2017. Gabriele previously served as an instructional supervisor at Eagle Point, as well as assistant principal at Schenectady High School and site principal for the BOCES Regional Summer School program. A graduate of the College of Saint Rose, Gabriele got started as a teacher in the Schenectady City School District for a decade before moving into administration.

New Cooperative Virtual Learning Academy Principal 

Cooperative Virtual Learning Academy Principal Carrie Sunkes, who has long blond hair and is wearing a white blouse and a dark blue jacket, looks at and smiles for the camera.
Cooperative Virtual Learning Academy Principal Carrie Sunkes

Carrie Sunkes has spent the past 20 years in the field of education, as both a teacher and administrator in various area school districts. Carrie began teaching accelerated math and Academic Intervention Services in math in the North Colonie School District, and was a sixth-grade teacher, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Enrichment and Intermediate Elementary Summer School principal at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District. Most recently, Carrie served Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Virtual Elementary School Principal. In that role, Carrie helped create a virtual learning environment that reinforced academic skills while introducing technical platforms that allowed students and teachers to stay connected and learning throughout the pandemic. 

New Career & Technical School, Schoharie Campus Principal 

Schoharie Career and Technical School Principal Matthew Ward, who has short brown hair and a closely trimmed beard and mustache, looks at and smiles for the camera.
Schoharie Career & Technical School Principal Matthew Ward

Matt Ward most recently served as Greenville High School principal. Prior to that, Matt was an assistant high school principal in both Guilderland and the Cairo-Durham school districts. The College of Saint Rose graduate got started as a social studies teacher at Ichabod Crane, and also held several coaching positions.


Meet Our Administrative Team

The new administrative trio joins veteran BOCES building administrators, Barb Lounello, principal of Airline Drive Academy, Carol d’Estienne, principal of district-based Special Education programs, and Makensie Bullinger, principal of Center for Advanced Technology @Mohonasen, as well as Shelette Pleat and Kathleen Nickerson, principal and assistant principal, respectively, of the Career & Technical School, Albany Campus, who both joined us in the last year.

Learn more about our building-level leadership team.

Learn more about our executive leadership team.