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.


Jennifer Cannavo

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!


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!


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!