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2017-08-09 / Academics

Delaware Academy Welcomes New Principal

By Rosie Cunningham


Delaware Academy Superintendent Jason Thomson, left, welcomes the new DA principal Karl O’Leary on Tuesday. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delaware Academy Superintendent Jason Thomson, left, welcomes the new DA principal Karl O’Leary on Tuesday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - Delaware Academy Central School (DA) students, faculty and staff will be seeing a new face in the hallways this fall.

Karl O’Leary will be the new middle school/high school principal following the July retirement of Laurie Alberti.

O’Leary is “looking forward” to his new post.

“My family moved to Greene and we love it,” he said, a sentiment echoed by his wife Melanie, with whom he has two sons, Cameron and Cooper.

O’Leary, who is from Port Jefferson, said he received his bachelor of science from SUNY Oneonta in English and secondary education and a master’s degree from Stony Brook University in liberal studies. O’Leary is completing his certificate of advanced study in school building leadership and school district leadership through SUNY Cortland.


Karl O’Leary, the new Delaware Academy principal, on the steps with his wife Melanie and their sons Cameron, 5, and Cooper, 3. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Karl O’Leary, the new Delaware Academy principal, on the steps with his wife Melanie and their sons Cameron, 5, and Cooper, 3. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter According to DA Superintendent Jason Thomson, the new principal is a “great fit.”

“He’s a well-established educator and a former English teacher who is well versed and very intelligent,” said Thomson. “He was a unanimous selection by our interview committee.”

“Delaware Academy has a high standard of academic excellence and the students and staff are committed to a hands-on approach of learning and I am looking forward to both adding and being a part of that,” said O’Leary.

During the past fifteen years, the new principal has taught various levels of English. According to a release, his philosophy has been to allow students to experience learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom walls. Throughout his teaching, he has promoted student learning through poetry competitions, such as The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, The Dream Flag Project, as well as Binghamton University. O’Leary has also modeled through his own success, having published a collection of poetry Testimonial Tales and a children’s book A Good Day: O’Leary has also found success in coaching students in cross-country and track to state championships, as well as one All-American. O’Leary has competed for Team USA Duathlon in the 2006 World Championships.

“I used to compete,” he laughed. “But, it’s been a while.”

O’Leary has taken part in competitive in cycling and ultra-marathons, having set time-trial records and placed in fifty-mile and 100-mile events, respectfully.

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