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Mohonasen hires new director of athletics, health and physical education

Mohonasen hires new director of athletics, health and physical education

A Colonie Central High School gym teacher with administrative and coaching experience has been hired

A Colonie Central High School gym teacher with administrative and coaching experience has been hired to be the next director of physical education, health and athletics at the Mohonasen Central School District.

The Mohonasen Board of Education voted last week to hire Matthew Stein, 39, of Niskayuna, to replace Joe Scalise, who left Mohonasen last month after eight years in the position to become director of physical education and athletics at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District.

Stein was selected from a pool of eight interviewed candidates. His annual salary will be $95,000 when he starts today.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Matt to the Mohonasen administrative team,” Superintendent Kathleen Spring said in a news release. “There are a lot of great things happening at Mohonasen right now, and I believe he brings the right blend of experience and ideas to keep our programs moving in the right direction for our students.”

Stein taught physical education in the South Colonie Central School District since 2005.

He was the high school physical education coordinator for four years and managed a $1.7 million Carol M. White Physical Education Program federal grant for one year. Before coming to South Colonie, he taught physical education in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and the Waterford-Halfmoon school districts. He has coached wrestling, track and field, football and softball, and was inducted into the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame.

Stein has a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Pennsylvania’s Edinboro University and a master’s degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from the University at Albany.

He received his school building leader certification from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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