Briana McKiernan graduated from Plattsburgh State University with honors (cum laude) on Dec. 12. McKiernan earned a dual certification in childhood education (grades 1-6) and special education with an English concentration.
During her time at Plattsburgh State, McKiernan was actively involved in three honor societies (Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society). She was also actively involved with the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority where she held several positions. She presided as vice president and community service chair, Up 'Till Dawn Committee (to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital) and vice- president of fundraising.
McKiernan will be employed by the Albany City Schools as a full-time substitute while she completes the master's program at Saint Rose College in the field of literature.
McKiernan is a graduate of Moriah Central School. She is the daughter of Michael McKiernan and Valerie Mildon.