To get to know our new Middle School Principal, Mr. Schenone, we asked him these 10 random questions:
1. What was your journey like to get to this position here at Corinth?
It was a little unusual. I went to college to be an engineer at the University of Wyoming. When I was doing my senior thesis and applying for jobs, I realized I couldn’t sit behind a desk all day. So I took a stop gap, came home, and finished up at SUNY Albany. I got a job teaching math at Cambridge High School while I was finishing my masters. Then I was a math teacher at Ballston Spa High School for nine years, and Dean of Students for my last 3-4 years there. The last 5+ years I was assistant principal at Saratoga Springs High School.
2. What is your first memory of school?
In second grade, the teacher had us working in individual rows of desks. It was the first time we were in rows and not small groups of desks. I was always tall, so my feet would stick out and trip my teacher.
3. Can you share an embarrassing moment from school?
When I see hard names when I’m reading a book, I pronounce them the way I think they should be. For graduations though, I practice with the kids beforehand. There was one family whose name I could not get. I mumbled through their name three times in public, and finally, one of the siblings said, “Mr. Schenone, you can just call me W.G.”
4. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to get outdoors, hike, ski, cross-country ski, kayak. I like to spend a lot of time with my kids, carting them around to practices and games. I coach my daughter’s soccer team and my son’s t-ball team.
5. Can you tell us about your family?
My wife, Sarah, and I live in Saratoga Springs. Our daughter is seven, our son is five, and we have a hyper 40-pound dog named Brodie we adopted from Save-a-Stray.
6. Did you always know what you wanted to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a professional athlete, and the sport changed every year. First it was basketball, then football, and then I wanted to be a professional skier. I also wanted to work with my hands. I don’t do either of those things professionally now, but I love to tinker around my house, as my wife says. I put in hardwood floors, built decks, and made built-in bookshelves.
7. What is your favorite color?
8. What are your favorite teams?
New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Wyoming Cowboys (where I went to college)
9. Do you have a bucket list?
I would really like to spend a fair amount of time in Alaska. I would also like to live in Europe for a couple of years, to live in another culture. I’ll probably have to do that when I retire.
10. If you had a magic wand, what would you use it for?
I would make everyone compassionate and understanding.
Bonus Question: What are you looking forward to the most here in Corinth?
I’m really looking forward to being in a small school where I can really get to know students and staff and be part of the community. I’m really looking forward to the familial feeling.