Vestal principal named best in state


A Vestal elementary school principal has received a prestigious distinction.

Doreen McSain is the New York State Elementary Principal of the Year.

She received the recognition from the School Administrators Association of New York State.

McSain has been in education for 27 years, and is in her 10th year as Glenwood’s principal.

She calls it the best job in the world and she has no plans to leave.

“I love what I do. I love the people I work with and that is the greatest reward. So, for me, it was icing on the cake. It just kind of takes what I love every single day and rises it to that level of a celebration, which is always a good thing,” she said.

McSain says she spends as much time as she can getting to know the students and the staff and addressing their needs.

5th grader Katie Klimechesky calls McSain a good listener who often imparts words of wisdom.

“She’s really nice and she takes the time to get to know each of her students by name. That’s really awesome. I feel like that really matters because it means that she really cares about everyone in the school,” Klimechesky says.

Klimechesky says McSain also organizes a number of fundriasers at the school to benfit the needy locally and around the world.    

McSain was named Best Principal in the Southern Tier region last year and she is now in the running for a national honor this Fall.

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