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Are you a graduate of CHS? Do you have news about a CHS graduate? Please share with our Corinth Central School Website Club so that we may share the success stories of our alumni and inspire our current students. Email information to Mrs. Patricia Siano:sianop@corinthcsd.org LET'S CELEBRATE the accomplishments of our alumni! Go, Tomahawks!

Derek Briner

Derek is a member of the 2008 graduating class and son of our very own Nurse Donna Briner!
After graduation, he attended SUNY Cobleskill, majoring in Landscape Development with a goal of owning his own landscape company. After 2 years at Cobleskill and 2 years of WSWHE BOCES studying Horticulture and Landscaping, he had a change of plans. Listening to his heart, he decided that his true calling was helping others. While at SUNY Cobleskill, he earned his EMT certification and began working and volunteering as an EMT. Derek then transferred to Hudson Valley Community College to major in Para-medicine. Mr. Briner is currently employed full time for the Town of Corinth as a Paramedic along with part-time positions with Wilton EMS and West Glens Falls EMS. In addition to his career, Derek is an 11-year volunteer with the Corinth Fire Department, having earned the rank of Captain. As a member of the department, Derek has earned Advanced SCUBA certification to be part of the Dive Team. He also has earned NYS FF 1, Vehicle Extrication Technician and CPR Instructor certifications. Derek's fond memories of CCSD include playing sports and cheering for his classmates. He is also grateful for and continues to hone his Spanish skills, using the language to communicate with patients in his career. Derek Briner is a dedicated community member who can be seen supporting our students' athletic events, visiting the elementary school during Fire Prevention month, participating in our Career and College day and much more!

Mrs. Penny Skinner and Mrs. Michelle Pita


Mrs. Penny Skinner teaches 6th grade social studies at Corinth Middle School. Following her graduation from CHS in 1984, she pursued her undergraduate studies at SUNY Geneseo and her graduate studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Her favorite memories from her CCSD days include sports and her trips to Spain and NYC. Mrs Skinner notes that the biggest change in education since her time as a student is the fact that students own the learning; they, "Lead the way instead of teachers lecturing." She enjoys working in a small school district, observing students from kindergarten, contributing to their learning and seeing where their education takes them.
Mrs. Skinner has 2 sons, Alex and Nicholas, who will be featured in upcoming alumni spotlights!!

Mrs. Michelle Pita, a high school English teacher at CHS, resides in Middle Grove with her family and is a 1994 graduate. Following graduation, she attended SUNY Adirondack and the University at Albany for her undergraduate studies and earned her Master's in Secondary Education from Saint Rose. Her favorite memories include sports and her, "amazing teachers." One of her favorite changes in education is the Project Based Learning that she shares with Mrs. Lum. She loves the small school size of CCSD and never wanted to teach anywhere else.

Nathan Woodcock


Nate is a criminal justice major at St. John's University in Queens, New York. In addition to being on the Dean's List and a member of the Honor Society of the College of Professional Studies, Nate is a stellar ROTC cadet who has numerous awards, accomplishments, and recognition. A few of his ROTC highlights include taking part in Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program in Poland in the Summer of 2016, receiving his Parachutist Badge (Graduate of Airborne School July 2017) and Recondo Badge at ROTC Advanced Camp (August 2017), and his recognition as a
Distinguished Military Graduate for Year Group 2018 (Member of Top 10% of Cadets in the country). He looks forward to his commissioning as an Active Duty Infantry Officer in May 2018 (after graduation). 

One of Nate's fondest memories of CCSD is playing baseball under Coach Sorbera senior year with "a great group of guys and coaches." Nate is currently finishing up his senior year of college as the Cadet Battalion Commander of the St. John's Army ROTC Program. He is enjoying spending time with friends and loved ones (and waiting for the Yankees to win the World Series) before he graduates and commissions into the US Army. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve his country like those who came before him and to be a leader of some of the greatest men and women of America. Way to make CCSD proud, Nate Woodcock! Thank you for your service to our country.

Alvey Harrison

As part of our grade 8 Technology/Project-Based Learning course, Mrs. Dunbar and Mrs. Siano welcomed CHS alumnus, Alvey Harrison, as a guest speaker for the new unit on NANOTECHNOLOGY. Alvey, a 2008 graduate of CHS, is a Senior Specialist in Technical Training at Global Foundries. Global Foundaries is an international company, with a local office in Malta, NY. Harrison shared information about the company and the many different career opportunities one can gain, from a HS diploma all the way to a Ph.D. In addition, Harrison shared his career path to success, which began with incredible educational opportunities afforded him by CHS. Alvey lives in Corinth with his wife (Nikki Wendell, a CHS 2007 alumna), and their 2 children, including new baby Waverly born last week! Congratulations and a BIG THANK YOU for giving back to our school community in such a meaningful way! 

Chantz Baudoux and Taylor Lozier

From Tomahawks to Timberwolves! We love seeing our student alumni doing great things after graduation!! Congratulations to SUNY Adirondack Sophomore, Chantz Baudoux, and Freshman, Taylor Lozier, for representing Corinth with the Timberwolves this basketball season. We are proud of your dedication and hard work! We look forward to following the team for an excellent season. 

Mr. Chad Shippee

CCS would like to congratulate alumnus, Mr. Chad Shippee, on his new position as the K-12 Music Director of Niskayuna Central Schools! Chad began his music education at Corinth Central and has pursued a career in music. He continues to make us proud. Wishes for much success in your new position!! Click on the link below to learn more about Chad and his success! https://www.niskyschools.org/news/2015-16/112415-ChadShippee-music.cfm

Ember Traino

A big shout out to CCS graduate, for earning the position of Coordinator of International Programming at Herkimer College. Ember's foreign language education began at CCS and has served her well in her career endeavors. CCS extends wishes for much success in her role. Click on the link below to learn more about her position in higher education! https://www.herkimer.edu/explore/herkimer-news/v/1008/herkimer-college-appoints-coordinator-of-international-academic-programming