School Psychologist, Grades K-4
Bryan Alvarez was hired in the district in April 2007. He provides counseling services to students in grades K-4, with a focus on students with special needs. Mr. Alvarez is also a member of the Elementary School’s Instructional Support Team (IST) and conducts cognitive, academic and behavioral assessments for elementary school students, as well as pupils associated with the Committee on Special Education (CSE). He assists faculty and staff in the development of positive, proactive behavioral interventions, and places an emphasis on teaching students positive replacement skills and strategies.
Mr. Alvarez regularly consults with faculty, staff, parents, and outside agencies to help ensure students are achieving at their highest levels both academically and emotionally.
“Now more than ever before, it is critical that we support the whole child, including their social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Open and consistent communication between home and school is a vital component to help ensure student success. I enjoy working in this district because we have such great working relationships with our parents and staff. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this wonderful school and community.”
Bryan earned a master’s degree/certificate of advanced study in school psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, a bachelor of science degree in psychology from SUNY New Paltz, and an associate of arts degree in psychology from SUNY Cobleskill. He is originally from Cobleskill and graduated from Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.
School Counselor, Grades K-4
Cassandra Luthringer is a school counselor who works with elementary school students in grades K-4 and has worked in the Schuylerville Central School District since August 2004. Mrs. Luthringer and Principal Rose Beckett are the Dignity Act Coordinators for the elementary school.
School Counselor, Grades 5-8
Leigh O’Connor began working in the Schuylerville Central School District in the 2006 as a school counselor. Leigh provides both individual and group counseling services to students in the elementary and middle School. She works closely with teachers and students, and actively seeks ways to provide a sense of connection and community in our halls. Leigh enjoys teaching students to find their voice, develop self-confidence, and become problem-solvers. She also strongly believes mental and physical health are equally important components to a person’s overall health.
“By teaching students the importance of self-care, advocacy, and communication skills, we are giving them skills to be the best they can be.”
Leigh earned her master’s degree in school counseling from The College of Saint Rose and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from LeMoyne College.
Social Worker, Grades K-12
Erin Sgambelluri provides counseling services to children in grades K-12. Ms. Sgambelluri has an extensive background in the field of trauma work and mental health, specifically with children. Her previous roles in nonprofit agencies included working with children on healthy communication skills and appropriate self-regulation, as well as assisting families in utilizing coping skills and community resources. Additionally, Ms. Sgambelluri has been a volunteer softball coach for her hometown for the past year. She is excited to join new programs and groups to be more involved in the Schuylerville community!
“Working with children is always entertaining – everyday brings new excitement and challenges. But the resilience of children is remarkable and I love seeing the breakthroughs and triumphs. It’s great to be a part of a community that shares that mentality and values the growth of children in all aspects of their lives.”
Ms. Sgambelluri received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Siena College and her master’s degree in social work from University at Albany.