A welcome letter from our new principal, Jennifer Cannavo!

Dear Menands School Families,

I am honored to return to Menands School as your Building Principal. I will have the privilege to serve the students, families and staff members beginning July 1, 2020. I am excited for this opportunity and looking forward to developing partnerships with the school community.

This summer, I will begin my 20th year in education. The first 15 years of my career I was a classroom teacher at Menands School. I then spent two and a half years as the Embedded Staff Developer and Special Education Chairperson at Menands. For the last year and a half I have been the Assistant Director of Pupil Services with the North Colonie Central School District. In that role, I supervised the special programs, special education teachers and support staff at two elementary schools along with the reading, math, enrichment and occupational/physical therapy departments district-wide. My professional experience has involved working with diverse populations of students including general education, gifted, English Language Learners, and special education students.

From the moment I applied for the position of Building Principal at Menands School, I remember feeling excitement and energy throughout the hiring process in hope of being the successful candidate. In many ways, I feel like I am coming home.  

Although I don’t officially start until July 1st, I have already had a chance to meet with families, staff and students through virtual opportunities. I am confident that the Menands School staff will continue meeting the intellectual, physical, and social/emotional needs of your children, our students. In partnership with you and your children, we are looking forward to the 2020-21 school year.

As an elementary principal, I realize the education of children is a challenging undertaking and cannot be accomplished without the assistance of parents and the surrounding community. I encourage parents and community members to be active participants in the education of our students. There are many ways to do this, but the easiest way, I find, is to maintain open lines of communication. I welcome your ideas and feedback anytime. If you have questions or concerns, or would like to simply connect, please feel free to email me at jcannavo@menands.org.

In closing, I would like to thank the Menands School staff, Dr. Long, the Board of Education, and the community of Menands for giving me this opportunity. I will work diligently to continue to provide an excellent educational experience for the students of Menands School.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cannavo
Principal

About Me

The Basics

Hi! My Name is Mrs. Jennifer Cannavo! I am 41 years young! I live in Rotterdam with my husband Sal, and our four boys. I will be your principal next year and I am excited to meet you!

Childhood

I grew up in Palenville, New York with my two sisters where I attended Grandview Elementary School. I then attended Catskill Middle School and graduated from Catskill High School. Go Cats!

Education

I graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science in Literacy in 2005.  I returned to school in 2017 and graduated from The University at Albany in 2018 with an Advanced Certificate in School Leadership.

My favorites

  • Food: Sushi
  • Movie: Forest Gump
  • Young Adult Book: Esperanza Rising
  • Color: Green
  • Drink: Coffee or Water
  • Season: Fall
  • Sports: Cross Country and Soccer (My kids play – not me!)
  • Fast Food: Burger King
  • Singer: Adele
  • Hobby: Gardening and Reading
  • Subject: Math
  • Store: Target
  • Dessert: Tiramisu
  • Candy: Gummy Bears
  • Restaurant: Innovo
  • Flower: Daisy

Students – send me an email at jcannavo@menands.org and tell me all about YOU! Or give me a call at school at (518) 465-4561!