WARRENSBURG - Local elementary school fifth grade teacher Keith Lalone will be taking on more comprehensive duties soon, as he will be temporarily overseeing the academic and conduct aspects of the all grades at the school, Pre-K through sixth.
From Feb. 28 through May 31, Lalone will be serving as Interim Principal of Warrensburg Elementary School during the maternity leave of Principal Amy Langworthy.
Lalone is pursuing a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at the College of St. Rose, and his three-month role as principal at Warrensburg Elementary will help fill requirements of the degree.
Lalone, who has deep local roots, is studying to be certified as a school administrator, and the temporary post will serve as an internship toward that goal. Lalone said it would do more for him - giving him a new, additional perspective on his work.
"It's my goal to mold students to be productive and successful members of society by developing their individual strengths," Lalone said.
For his graduate studies, Lalone attended South Hampton College of Long Island University. He attended Warrensburg Central for 13 years and graduated in 1999. His family hails from Stony Creek, within the Warrensburg Central School District.
Lalone now lives in Glens Falls with his wife, Emily, and his son, Cecil.
This week, he said that although he's studying educational leadership, he's in no rush to take on an administrative post permanently.
"I love the classroom," he said.