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Announcing the New Principal of Rensselaer Park Elementary

April 13, 2021

We are pleased to announce that the new Principal of Rensselaer Park Elementary will be Mrs. Katie Stalker. She was appointed as the new RPES Principal at the regularly scheduled Lansingburgh board meeting on April 12, 2021. 

We will introduce you more to Mrs. Stalker with a Get To Know You Q&A closer to her May 13 start date.

District Superintendent, Dr. Antonio Abitabile, sent the message below to all Lansingburgh families earlier today letting them know about Mrs. Stalker's appointment to the position. 


Lansingburgh School Community,

At last night’s BOE Meeting, Mrs. Katie Stalker was appointed as the next Principal at Rensselaer Park Elementary School. She attended RPES as a student and is a graduate of Lansingburgh. Mrs. Stalker comes to us with 4 years of experience as an Elementary Principal in the Albany City School District. She received her Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY New Paltz, holds degrees and certifications in Literacy and Elementary Education and is a doctoral candidate in the Russell Sage Education Leadership program. Mrs. Stalker has over ten years of experience teaching in various elementary school settings.

Out of over 40 applicants, Mrs. Stalker stood out due to her experience in instructional leadership, cultural responsiveness and overall passion for the Lansingburgh community. She thoroughly impressed the interview committees, ultimately proving to be the best candidate to fill this important role in our District.

Mrs. Stalker's first day in the District is scheduled for May 13th. In the meantime, Assistant Superintendent Rebecca McGrouty and Director of Pupil Personnel Services Shaun Paolino will be assisting RPES Assistant Principal Melissa Santarcangelo as needed until Mrs. Stalker begins.

Ever Upwards,

Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Ed. D.
LCSD Superintendent