Denise Capece, a veteran teacher and career and technical school administrator, has been named principal of Agriculture PTECH.
Capece earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Buffalo State, as well as her master’s degree in secondary special education.
Early in her career, she worked as a special education and classroom teacher for students ranging in age from elementary to high school. For the past 15 years, she has been an administrator for CTE schools, most recently as executive principal of the Capital Region Career & Technical Schools (Albany, Schoharie and Schenectady).
Her other work experiences include working with adults with disabilities at group homes in Buffalo and teaching as an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College.
Capece said one of her primary goals this year will be to work on growing Ag PTECH to its full potential, including recruiting new students and ensuring the success of its current students. She also wants to help bolster the workplace experiences for students. “I am eager to work with our partners at the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce to expand our ever-growing connections with regional businesses,” she said.
Capece grew up in a rural area near Buffalo similar to the St. Johnsville area where Ag PTECH is located. “I worked on a farm as a teenager and have maintained a strong connection to the agriculture industry. I feel very much at home here,” she said.
Capece has spent the past two weeks getting acquainted with staff and hit the ground running as juniors began classes at SUNY Cobleskill this week.
“The project based learning approach and the extensive degree options from SUNY Cobleskill that Ag PTECH students can earn are phenomenal, and I’m thrilled to join the team that has built the foundation for this program,” she said.
Capece has a daughter, Gina, who attends Hudson Valley Community College, and a son, Anthony, who is a student at SUNY Albany. She currently lives in Colonie with her dog, Zorba, and cat, Norman.