M.C. Smith Elementary welcomes new associate principal

HUDSON – The Hudson City School District welcomes Amanda Klopott as the newest associate principal at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School. She joins the leadership team with Associate Principal Ian MacCormack and Principal Mark Brenneman.

Ms. Klopott comes to Hudson from North Colonie CSD where she helped create a mentoring program to support English as a New Language (ENL) students. She also provided professional development on differentiation and worked with staff to create a culturally inclusive school environment.

“I was first drawn to Hudson because of the diverse student population,” said Ms. Klopott in a press release. “It was important to me that I joined a school that was a good fit where I could use my unique skill set.”

Newly appointed MCSES Associate Principal Amanda Klopott. Photo contributed

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Spanish concentration from SUNY Oswego. She also holds a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Teaching English as a Second Language from George Mason University as well as an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University.

“We are looking forward to utilizing Amanda’s background in Spanish and ENL,” said Principal Brenneman, also in the release. “It is great to have her on board.”

“I am extremely excited to be part of the Bluehawk community,” said Ms. Klopott. “I look forward to learning more about our community and how I can best support our students, families and teachers.”

She was appointed by the HCSD Board of Education on December 17. She replaces Lisa Ruud, who left the district for a position as the director of instructional technology and curriculum at Hoosic Valley CSD. Ms. Klopott began at MCSES on January 21.

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