SARATOGA SPRINGS - Michelle Tsao, principal at Averill Park High School, has been appointed as principal at Saratoga Springs High School. The appointment is effective July 1.
"Ms. Tsao comes to Saratoga with significant building level leadership experience as Averill Park High School Principal. Ms. Tsao has worked closely with her faculty and staff to raise the level of academic achievement for all students, promote a positive school culture and climate, and engage families as partners in education," said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton, Ed.D.
"We were very fortunate to have a number of highly qualified candidates who applied for the Saratoga Springs High School Principal position. All of the stakeholder groups who participated in the interview process were very impressed with Ms. Tsao's strong instructional leadership experience, collaborative approach, and passion for working with students,” Patton continued.
Ms. Tsao has spent the past three years serving as the principal at Averill Park High School. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal at Shenendehowa High School, an assistant principal in the Queensbury Union Free School District, and a teacher at Ballston Spa High School. Ms. Tsao earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from SUNY Albany in 1999, a master’s degree in education in social studies from SUNY Albany in 2000, and a school district administrator certification from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2006. She holds a permanent certificate from New York State as a school district administrator and as a social studies teacher.
“I am very honored and excited to be joining the Saratoga Springs City School District community as High School Principal,” said Michelle Tsao.
“I look forward to getting to know the students, faculty, staff and parents of SSHS, and continuing to build upon the outstanding reputation that the building holds. Furthermore, I am excited to build collaborative relationships with the school community to further the opportunities available to our students as they prepare for their futures,” Tsao stated.