Denise Barry

Denise BarryI consider it an honor to help to plan the education of children in our community. As a graduate of Chatham High School and with advanced degrees in education, I have fond memories of schooling years ago and forty years of experiences as a special education teacher in the Albany and Hudson City School Districts with a separate thirty-year “summer career” as an administrator and teacher in local prisons. Dealing with challenges including availability of resources, declining enrollment, and rising expectations requires commitment. We must continue to develop and implement policies over the short and long term while building public support and influencing the lives of children through positive impact. As the longest serving member of the Board of Directors of COARC (49 years) and member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Columbia/Greene Counties, volunteerism has played an important part in my life. It will be a privilege to continue working with the other Board members and the school community in fulfilling the vision of Chatham’s Board of Education.