“There is never a time when any of us walk into the office that Nancy doesn't stop and make us feel that helping us is the most important thing she has to do.”
That pretty much sums up the response of adults and students alike, when reflecting on the Middle School principal’s secretary, Nancy Campagnone. And she does quite a lot of helping.
“With tongue in cheek, we say that Nancy is the one who really runs the school,” says principal Chris Reed. “But it's true. She has immersed herself into every system, every operation and every facet of the Middle School's daily functioning.”
And this 13-year veteran in the secretarial role wears many hats: she ensures the timely operation of the main office, and oversees the organization and implementation of “virtually every system we have,” says Mr. Reed. “From special events, to scheduling, to staffing, to helping students, and, of course, visitors, Nancy leaves her mark of efficiency, professionalism, and compassion on everyone with whom she deals.”
“She is the anchor for our building,” echoes teacher Colleen Schefold. “No matter how overwhelming her job may be, she handles every day with grace and patience.”
“It often feels like an Air Traffic Control Center with many things coming at you at the same time,” says Mrs. Campagnone, with her signature grin. “Kids always come first, which is very evident, and we all put aside whatever we are doing when a student is in need. This has given me the opportunity to get to know many of the kids on a first-name basis.”
“I am fortunate to work with and for such a wonderful group of people who care about one another and enjoy what they do,” Mrs. Campagnone continues.
Working in the Middle School is a homecoming of sorts for Mrs. Campagnone, as she is a graduate of Glens Falls High School. When she’s away from school—which isn’t very often—she says she enjoys family dinners and spending time outside (walking, swimming, kayaking, snow shoeing) in this beautiful area that we live in. “I am blessed with a wonderful family that I love spending time with.”
And by all accounts, her “work family” loves spending time with her too. “She is always positive and kind,” exclaims teacher Mary Hunter.