SCHENECTADY — In the weeks ahead, Michaela McBride Miranda said her top priorities will be “listening and learning” to find out ways to best serve the athletes of the Schenectady City School District.
“At the end of the day,” Miranda said, “I work for the kids.”
Appointed Wednesday night as the district’s new athletic director at a Board of Education meeting, Miranda said it’s her goal to expand athletic opportunities for the school’s students.
“How do we keep kids connected?” Miranda said is the question she wants to answer as Schenectady’s athletic director.
Miranda is the oldest of four siblings who all starred in high schools athletics in the Capital Region. Each of her siblings — Julie, Stephanie and Jordan — played college basketball, with Julie starring at Syracuse.
A 1999 Mechanicville High School graduate, Miranda was a Section II standout in soccer and track and field. After high school, she competed in soccer and track and field at UAlbany for two years, then finished her college soccer career at Russell Sage.
Miranda completed her undergraduate work at Russell Sage, her master’s at Saint Rose, and holds certificates from SUNY Plattsburgh. At a variety of levels, she’s coached softball, soccer and track and field.
Miranda initially joined the Schenectady school district as a teacher at Martin Luther King Elementary School in 2008. From 2017-2020, she worked as a high school administrator, serving as an assistant cohort principal, then spent the last school year as principal of Van Corlaer Elementary School. Prior to working in the Schenectady district, Miranda spent two years teaching in Florida and another year at Catholic Central.
“This is a fantastic fit for Michaela and a complete win-win,” Schenectady superintendent Anibal Soler Jr. said in a press release issued from the school district. “She is motivated and is a motivator. She is an advocate for our students, and she is a fantastic role model for our student-athletes.”
Miranda replaces Steve Boynton, who officially retired at the end of the 2020-21 academic year, but had been serving on an interim basis leading the school’s athletic department prior to Miranda taking control Thursday. She said she’s eager to help grow Schenectady athletics.
“There’s lots of opportunities for change, and innovative ways for connecting more of our Schenectady students to sports, intramurals and building our youth programs,” Miranda said.
Miranda said it had been a “long-term goal” for her career to move into athletics. To realize that goal within a district she’s worked for since 2008, she said, was special.
“This,” Miranda said, “is a unique opportunity with a district I love.”
Miranda lives in Mechanicville with her husband Anthony — another former Mechanicville High School standout athlete — and her children, 9-year-old Ava and 7-year-old Lukas.