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May 17, 2014

CVES selects CV-TEC director

PLATTSBURGH — Michele M. Friedman has been named director of CV-TEC.

“We are thrilled to have Michele return to the (Champlain Valley Educational Services) family,” CVES Board of Education President Larry Barcomb said in a news release. 

“Her leadership style and educational vision are a perfect fit to take CV-TEC to the next level in providing 21st-century employment skills to our students.”

CV-TEC is the career and technical education division of CVES.

Friedman, presently Westport Central School principal and chairperson of that district’s Committee on Special Education, has 23 years of experience in education. 

She served as CV-TEC’s academic services coordinator from 2003 through 2006, and, from 1991 to 2003, was an alternative education/academic services teacher.

“We are indeed fortunate to have Michele Friedman join the CVES leadership team,” CVES District Superintendent Dr. Mark Davey said in the release. 

“Her many years of experience as both a teacher at CV-TEC and as an administrator at Westport have prepared her well to take over the reins as CV-TEC director.” 

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At Westport Central, the release said, Friedman worked with faculty, staff and the community to achieve recognition for the district from the State Education Department as a Validated Effective Practice Site & Mentor School.

And the district also scored a national award from U.S. News & World Report, which named it a Best High Schools Silver Medal Winner.

Friedman is delighted to be returning to the CV-TEC but said it won’t be easy leaving her present job.

“It’s with mixed emotions; a multitude of emotions,” she said on Friday.

“I am so grateful to have had the privilege to be part of the culture of excellence at Westport (Central) for the past eight years.”

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“We are confident that, under her direction, CV-TEC will continue to thrive as the North Country’s premier career training and adult literacy educational facility,” Davey said.

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