Colonie High School (Photo by Jim Franco/Spotlight News)
COLONIE — Thomas Kachadurian was appointed the new principal of Colonie High school.
Kachadurian, a ‘94 Colonie graduate, will continue his career with the district after serving as associate principal at CCHS for the past eight years.
In his role, he supported the executive principal, managing day-to-day operations for both the ELA and social studies departments, working with parents and families, and helping teachers further their understanding of curriculum and resources.
In addition to his roles and responsibilities as associate principal, Kachadurian has served on multiple committees at both the building and district level and has displayed leadership in various capacities most notable for the creation of a local, state, and nationally recognized character education team: iCARE.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Kachadurian as principal of the Colonie Central High School,” said Edward Sim, Board of Education president. “In the time he has been with the district, he has been successful in developing a deep appreciation and respect for every student that walks into our school building. Additionally, his passion for working with and engaging students and families, while supporting our teachers make him an ideal fit for the position.”
Kachadurian earned a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in writing from Hartwick College, a masters in secondary English education from UAlbany, and a certificate as school building leader from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Additionally, he holds the New York State Superintendent’s Development Program certificate from SUNY Oswego.
“I am honored to have been selected for the high school principal position, ” said Kachadurian. “Ever since my dad served as principal at CCHS, it has been a dream of mine to walk in his footsteps and serve our community in a similar capacity. I feel lucky that this opportunity has come full circle for me and has allowed me to continue the important work for the betterment of our students and community.”
In conjunction with his service to the school district, Kachadurian has received many accolades including the SAANYS NYS Associate Principal of the Year in 2017. Additionally, he is active in the local community. He serves as a board member and travel coordinator for the Guilderland Girls Softball League, the president and board member of Carter’s Crew Autism Awareness organization, and a lector for St. Madeleine Sophie’s Catholic Church.
Kachadurian is replacing Christopher Robilotti who was appointed to the assistant superintendent of human resources and safe schools position in late spring. Both Kachadurian and Robilotti will begin their new assignments on July 1.