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Berlin CSD welcomes Kimberly Brownell, who was appointed Principal of Berlin Middle-High School at a Board of Education meeting on June 22, 2021.
Brownell, originally from PA, comes to Berlin from Hoosick Falls CSD, where she taught English for seven years. She began her career in this area by teaching English, grades 9-12, in a residential placement school in Bennington, VT, and subsequently moved on to Brighter Choice Charter Middle School for Girls, Albany, NY, where she taught 7th grade.
In 2008, Brownell began teaching grades 7 and 8 in Harrisburg City School District, PA. Prior to this, she worked in a nonprofit organization and began tutoring in an afterschool program in the city of Harrisburg, PA. “It is there that I discovered my passion for helping young people reach their fullest potential in school,” she noted.
In 2012, Brownell earned a master’s degree in Reading K-12 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; she is also certified in Professional Literacy Grades 5-12 in New York State. She holds a BA in Communications with an emphasis in public relations and advertising from Messiah College, PA. Earlier in her career, she worked as a concierge at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, PA, “This gave me a more flexible schedule so I could earn my certification as an English teacher in grades 7-12,” she said.
Brownell lives with her husband and young children on a grass-fed beef cattle farm in West Hoosick, NY. She is an active member of her church and says she and her family enjoy working on various home and farm projects, as well as “hiking, biking, swimming, traveling, reading and playing games.”
Berlin Superintendent A. Joseph Dhara said of the appointment, “Mrs. Brownell brings a lot of passion and dedication with her to Berlin. We are excited to have her join us as a part of our team.”
Berlin Middle High School’s Virtual Open House is this Thursday, October 14th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. BMHS Administration will welcome parents/guardians from 6:30-6:40 PM. Administrators will then direct parents/guardians to follow their student’s schedule and zoom into each class for a 10 minute period. Please find more information here.
BMHS Principal Brownell’s October Mountaineer Monthly is available! Find the latest news and important dates from the BMHS Principal’s desk here.
Please read BMHS Principal Brownell’s first Mountaineer Monthly here. This will be a monthly feature in the BMHS Principal’s Corner.
Please find the Berlin Middle/High School supply lists for the 2021-22 school year here. BMHS is working to collect all supply lists and will add them as soon as they become available. BMHS class schedules will be mailed by August 23.
The State Education Department and the Board of Regents of New York State determine graduation requirements and guidelines for all high schools in New York. Please find the updated guide and information here to understand current New York State diploma requirements.