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Eye on Stillwater: Get to know Elementary School Principal Mr. Paul Morcone

Oct. 13, 2016 – Throughout the year, the Eye on Stillwater series will highlight those who help our students reach their full potential. It is a chance for the Stillwater community to get to know our teachers, administrators, and staff on a more personal level.

Mr. Paul Morcone is a native of Mechanicville and currently resides in Gansevoort with his wife, son, and dog. He came to the Stillwater Central School District in December 13 and was recently named elementary school principal. Prior to working at Stillwater, Mr. Morcone worked in the Hoosic Valley Central School District and the Shenendehowa Central School District. He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in literacy, and certificates in school building leadership, as well as school district leadership.

Learn more:Paul Morcone

What prompted you to choose a career in education?

I've always wanted to have a positive impact on people and I had great experiences with teachers when I was younger. I've always wanted to pass that on to my own students.

What do you like most about working in the Stillwater Central District?

I absolutely love the small town feel and vibe in this district. It's very obvious people really rally around their students here. As I walk down the street or attend an event outside of school I have been able to have many conversations with families that I have grown to know by name. This small town feel is like a team in a sense. We are all working together.

What is your favorite event at Stillwater?

I have been to many events that take place in the district, so that is a tough question. Honestly, I love the Open House nights, concerts put on by the students, and the After Prom.

What is your favorite memory from Stillwater?

I would have to say my favorite memories are the time I've spent with different age levels when we've held fundraising events to help others.

If you could teach a certain subject area, what would it be and why?

I would definitely want to teach physical education. Students need to understand the benefits of eating healthy and exercising at an early age. I would like to be a part of that mission if I had the opportunity to do so.

When you were in high school, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"

I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. When you are in education there is a drive to be the best and that has always motivated me. What's even better is when I see my students succeed.

What is the most unusual job you've ever had?

I would have to say working at a paper mill, shoveling sludge and cleaning machines.

What would students be surprised to know about you?

I played Division III football in college and I was a percussionist in high school. There have also been rumors from students that I was once a mixed martial arts champion. The truth is…I am not able to disclose this information.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Besides spending time with my family, I love to work out and landscape our home.

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

I would make sure that my family and son were taken care of financially. I would also donate some of the money and work to create new educational programs for students.

What are the top three items on your "bucket list?"

1) Travel to Italy
2) Learn to fly a plane
3) Learn to build a house

What are your favorite sports teams?

I love the New York Yankees (there is a lot of family history there) family and the NY Giants…It’s been a rough few years.

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