The Ballston Lake resident was formally approved by the Board of Education on Monday, Nov. 6. His 2017-18 salary will be $103,000. He is expected to begin at Glen-Worden on or about Dec. 11. Current Interim Principal Ann Comley will remain until that time. Former Principal Mark McCarthy left the post in September after five years.
“I’m super excited to become part of the Glen-Worden school community!” said Criscone. “I’m eager to engage with the children, their families and all of the great educators that make Scota-Glenville such an outstanding district.”
Criscone holds a master’s in educational administration from SUNY Albany and a bachelors in elementary education from the College of St. Rose.
He has served as the principal at Mayfield Elementary since 2005. Prior to that, he taught grade 6 at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and grade 5 at Albany City Schools.
Mayfield Elementary has 520 students in grades pre-kindergarten to grade 6. There are 45 professional staff members and 15 non-instructional staff at his current school.
During his tenure as principal, Criscone implemented multi-grade standards-based assessments, developed an RTI (Response to Intervention) system and created a balanced literacy program focusing on individual student needs.
He also formulated a Principal’s Advisory Committee to assist him with decision-making, a Student Achievement Taskforce to conquer subjects like poverty, attendance and after-school enrichment and established various Literacy Nights to help bring families together around fun-filled literacy events.
As principal, Criscone also worked closely with the PTA to include members in decision-making activities, inform them of academic needs and ensure they have meaningful volunteer experiences.
As a teacher, he utilized a variety of learning techniques, such as discovery laboratories, demonstrations, debates, simulations and video conferencing. He also served as his school’s Science Olympiad coach for four years.