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City School District of Albany Hall of Fame

The City School District of Albany indcuted eight new members into its Hall of Fame during ceremonies in conjunction with Albany High School's Homecoming Weekend in September. 

 

The members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was honored at an induction ceremony on Friday, Sept. 22 at the Italian-American Community Center in Albany. The next day they were enshrined on the Wall of Fame at Albany High and introduced during halftime at Albany High’s Homecoming football game against Colonie.

 

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Members of the Class of 2017

  • Kenneth D. Ackerman, Albany High School Class of 1969. A respected author on various aspects of American history, Ackerman practices law in Washington, D.C., specializing in agriculture risk management. He led the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Federal Crop Insurance Corp., throughout the Clinton administration (1993-2001). Earlier in his career, he served as legal counsel to two U.S. Senate committees: Governmental Affairs (1975-81) and Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (1988-93).

  • Linda Jackson-Chalmers, Philip Schuyler High School Class of 1969. An Albany native and lifelong Albany resident, Jackson-Chalmers served the City School District of Albany in a variety of capacities over 38 years before her retirement in 2012. She began as an art teacher at Arbor Hill Elementary School and as a counselor at the CETA Summer Youth Employment Program. She served as chair of the district’s elementary and middle school art programs from 1977-86, when she was named principal at Arbor Hill Elementary. She served in that role until 1998, when she took the role of assistant superintendent for human resources. She added community relations to her duties in 2005 and served in that dual capacity until her retirement. She has continued to be an active leader in Albany and the Capital Region since that time.

  • Kevin C. Justice, former teacher, principal at William S. Hackett Middle School. An Albany native, Justice spent his entire 34-year career in education at Hackett. He began as a science teacher in 1963, was elevated to assistant principal in 1969 and took over as Hackett’s principal in 1987. He held that position until his retirement in 1997.

  • Holly Fernandez Lynch, Albany High School Class of 1999. A noted expert in bioethics, Lynch recently was appointed as an assistant professor and assistant faculty director of online education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She served as executive director of Harvard University’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics from 2012-17. After earning her bachelor’s, law and master’s degrees at Penn from 1999-2006, Lynch worked in the Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Group of a Washington, D.C., law firm, as a bioethicist for the Human Subject Protection Branch of the National Institutes of Health, Division of AIDS, and as a senior policy research analyst for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

  • Catherine McCabe, Albany High School Class of 1969. President Obama appointed McCabe to serve as the acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from Jan. 20, 2017, until the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee, Scott Pruitt, in February. During her long career as an attorney and environmental advocate, she has battled for clean air and water, including acid rain from coal plants, PCB cleanup of the Hudson River and, most recently, water contamination from PFOAs and controlling the spread of the Zika virus. She currently serves as the EPA’s acting director for Region 2, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her career also has included 22 years working in the U.S. Department of Justice, specializing in environmental issues.

  • Melanie Pores, former teacher, Board of Education member. A member of the Board of Education from 1991-95, Pores served as a reading and English as a New Language teacher in the district from 1997-2008. She was a driving force behind the establishment of the district’s popular Spanish-English immersion Dual Language Program at Delaware Community School.

  • James P. Sano, former teacher, coach. Sano served as a physical education teacher in the City School District of Albany from 1979 until his retirement in 2011, first at the former Philip Livingston Magnet Academy (1979-2005) and then at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. Sano also was active in coaching for many years, serving on the staff of the modified, JV and varsity football teams, and on the staff of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Sano served as head coach of Albany High’s wrestling program from 1979-86, and as head coach of the Falcons’ bowling program from 2000-2010. He also has been active throughout the community, including serving three terms on the Albany Common Council (2001-13).

  • Maria McGarry Walker, Albany High School Class of 1986. A third-generation firefighter, Walker was sworn in as the first woman to serve as deputy chief of the Albany Fire Department in August 2016. She also was the first woman to serve as a captain in the department when she earned that promotion in 2011. Walker has served the community as a firefighter for 27 years.

The district established the Hall of Fame in 2009 to recognize accomplished graduates, exceptional district staff people and community people whose efforts support Albany public schools. Each year, new Hall of Famers are inducted after being nominated by the public and selected by a committee of district staff and community members.

 

You can read about previous Hall of Fame classes by following these links:

How to nominate candidates

The City School District of Albany accepts nominations for the Hall of Fame each school year until Feb. 1.

 

Nominees must exemplify the highest standards of ethical conduct and moral character. All candidates will be judged on their significant and/or long-term contributions. Click here to download the complete nomination criteria and bylaws form. To nominate someone for the Class of 2018, please complete this form and return it by Feb. 1 to kryan@albany.k12.ny.us or:

 

City School District of Albany Hall of Fame Committee

c/o Kathy Ryan

700 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12203

 

Nominees must meet the criteria in one of the following categories:

 

Contributor

  • Any person who has been a loyal and devoted supporter of the district’s athletics or academics for a minimum of 10 years. This category might include assistant coaches, staff, scorers, Albany Booster Club or media people, for example. The inductee may be either living or deceased.

 Distinguished Alumni
  • Athletic Achievement: Any former Albany school district athlete who distinguished himself/herself in the field of athletics and lettered in a varsity sport. Must be a graduate and out of school for at least ten (10) years. Nominees must be, or have been a credit to his/her family, country and Albany. The inductee may be either living or deceased.

  • Professional Achievement: Any former Albany school district student who distinguished himself/herself with excellence and acknowledged leadership in his/her chosen field. Must be a graduate and out of school for at least ten (10) years. Nominees must be, or have been a credit to his/her family, country and Albany. The inductee may be either living or deceased.

  • Humanitarian Achievement: Any former Albany school district student who distinguished himself/herself with excellence and acknowledged leadership in service to the community. Must be a graduate and out of school for at least ten (10) years. Nominees must be, or have been a credit to his/her family, country and Albany. The inductee may be either living or deceased.

Distinguished Educator

  • Administrators, Coaches, Teachers: A nominee must have been an administrator, coach or teacher within the Albany school system for minimum of 10 years and must have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exceptional leadership, character and achievement during his/her tenure in Albany. The inductee must be inactive to be eligible for consideration. The inductee may be either living or deceased.

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