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Ehrenberg said she spent time teaching in a number of locations, including Illinois and Ithaca, before coming to the Capital District. She taught for 17 years and has been in administration for 25.

She has served as middle school assistant principal, high school principal and is the chairwoman of the New York State Association of Women in Administration, an advocacy group for women and minorities.

She was the first woman to be high school principal in Ithaca.

"I was always comfortable in the role," she said. "Some were more comfortable with the notion, some were less."

She rose through the ranks, holding administrative positions such as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and deputy superintendent roles. She said the interview process in Colonie was extensive, taking months before being offered the job.

"The Board of Education knew more about me than my own mother," she said.

But she appreciated the thoroughness of the board and said she understood how serious education was to the community.

While it is often difficult to come into a new district where many other administrators have deep roots, she spent months getting to know everyone and learning about the people she would interact with on a daily basis.

She said she is proud of a number of programs, such as science research, K to 12 reading and writing, technology advancements, globalization initiatives and elementary school foreign language.

Seven out of the nine years she headed North Colonie, the Business Review deemed North Colonie the best of the 85 Capital District school systems.

The district achieved that ranking at "a very reasonable rate to the taxpayers," she said, crediting a yearly audit of the district programs and a through cost-benefit analysis.

Ehrenberg said her relationship with the board of education, teachers, community and students has been a positive experience, although, due to an aging set of teachers and administrators when she started, she estimated she replaced close to 70 percent of the administration and 60 percent of the teachers during her time.

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