Meet Our Staff
Jessica Docteur is the Deputy Superintendent for the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the instructional programs offered at the BOCES, as well as the instructional support services offered to our component districts. Jessica provides regional and on-site professional development for building and district leaders. She also serves as a liaison between NYSED and our nine component districts as a representative to the New York State Staff and Curriculum Development Network. Jessica began her career teaching high school math in the Westhill Central School District. After earning her Certificate of Advanced Studies from Syracuse University, she left the classroom in 2006 to enter the field of educational leadership. Jessica worked as the Secondary Curriculum Coordinator in the Marcellus Central School District from 2006 until 2010. She began her career at BOCES as the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development.
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Pamela McHenry is a Professional Learning Coach providing support for the various BOCES professional development providers and the Union Springs School District. What Pam enjoys most about her role is building relationships with educators as she works towards district initiatives and goals. Prior to joining the PDU team, Pam was part of the Fulton City School District teacher leadership team as a 5-12th grade math coach. Pam joined that team after 13 years of teaching experience in Fulton as a secondary mathematics teacher. She also has 2 years of secondary mathematics teaching experience in Staunton, Virginia. Pam is a representative of the New York State Staff and Curriculum Development Network, as a representative on the Math Statewide Group. She is also the Cayuga County Chairperson for AMTNYS. Pam has both her BS in Education and her MS in curriculum and development from SUNY Oswego.
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Amber Wildenstein is the Behavioral Excellence Coach providing coaching and professional development for district staff to better understand mental health awareness and social emotional learning in order to respond to students exhibiting challenging behaviors. Prior to joining the department, Amber worked as a Special Education Teacher in the Auburn Enlarged City School District and at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership BOCES in Western New York. She has been a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention in Schools (TCIS) trainer since 2015 and represents our BOCES as a member of the New York State Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Statewide Network. Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego in Childhood Education, a Master’s degree from SUNY Geneseo in Literacy, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Oswego.
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Kat Chambers is a Professional Learning Coach providing support, professional development and coaching for the teachers of Port Byron and Skaneateles School Districts. Kat taught for 14 years prior to joining the PDU team, at Cortland Enlarged City School District and BOCES Compass alternative school as a Social Studies and Reading teacher. Kat earned her Bachelor's degree in Adolescent Education Social Studies & Political Science then a Master’s in Literacy (B-12) from SUNY Cortland. She is currently working on earning her certificate of advanced study in Educational Leadership from SUNY Oswego. Kat currently lives in Baldwinsville with her husband (Mark), son (Carter) and a daughter due in December. Kat and her family enjoy camping, hiking and traveling.
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Jodi Burnash is a Curriculum Coordinator providing on-site professional development, coaching, and mentorship services to various component districts. Jodi spent the first 8 years of her career in K-8 Special Education in Skaneateles, followed by 12 years teaching Special Education and English at Nottingham High School in Syracuse City Schools, where she also served on the School Leadership and Academic Leadership Teams, as well as the New Teacher Mentor, and the Prioritized Curriculum Development Committee. After completing her Certificate of Advanced Studies from Syracuse University in 2020, she began looking for opportunities to support districtwide educational leadership. Jodi has helped develop a clinically rich teacher prep program for graduate students in secondary special education, and has published academic literature focusing on high leverage practices in co-teaching, grouping and differentiation strategies, and teaching writing in inclusive settings. She is currently a representative of the New York State Staff and Curriculum Development Network for the ELA Framework Group. Jodi is very excited to be a part of this partnership to empower schools through both immediate and long term planning and delivery of evidence based practices that increase student engagement, improve student achievement, and build teacher capacity.
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Renee Lawrence is an Instructional Technology Integration Specialist currently providing support for the Auburn School District as well as the BOCES Career & Technical Education (CTE) and Special Education. Prior to joining the team, Renee started her career teaching technology to adults at the Center for Learning. She then transitioned to the Regional Education Center where she taught Computer Information Technology, Computer Apps & Web Development, and Emerging Careers in Commerce to high school students. Throughout the years Renee has conducted many workshops for the Teacher Center, taught courses for Cayuga Community College, worked with Elementary/MS students teaching technical skills in several summer camps, taught online courses, and mentored four CTE teachers. Renee has 24 years of experience teaching technology and is looking forward to supporting and helping teachers integrate ever-changing technology into their best practices. She earned her AS in Computer & Office Technology from Cazenovia College, and both her BS in Business/Distributive Education & MS in Vocational Education from SUNY Oswego. Renee resides in Aurelius with her husband (Mark), 2 children (Michaela & Meg) and granddaughter (Ella).
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Brenda Aull-Klaben is the Director of the Cayuga-Onondaga Teacher Center. She has retired from Syracuse City School district after 31 years. During her time there she served on many committees, taught grades 3-8 and provided numerous professional development opportunities for teachers. She was an Educational Technology Specialist with Syracuse as well as the Director of the Teacher Center. The Teacher Center is governed by a board of teachers and administrators, parents and community members and provides free professional learning experiences for the component district teachers based on teacher input and alignment with district initiatives and goals. Brenda is a member of the NYS Teacher Center Technology Committee and the Statewide Leadership Committee. She loves working with the area district teachers and providing the best, researched-based professional development available. Her favorite part of the Teacher Center is providing the action research and collegial circle opportunities for educators and seeing the results during the May presentations. She is also a trainer for NYS ASCD and provides the MACA Poverty Simulation for districts all over NYS.
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Karen Schaub is an Instructional Technology Integration Specialist currently providing support for the Weedsport and Port Byron Central School Districts. Prior to joining the department, Karen worked at Moravia Central School District as a middle school science teacher and then went on to develop and implement an innovative STEM program. Karen was also a member of the New York Master Teacher program. She has several years of experience implementing problem based learning units that integrate technology and challenge students to think critically in response to authentic real world issues. Before living in New York, Karen worked as an educator and youth program leader in Colorado. Karen earned her BS in Biology from SUNY Geneseo and completed her Masters of Education at the University of Colorado Denver. She currently resides in Elbridge with her husband (Jay), two children (Elijah and Adelaide), and enjoys hiking, travelling, and running.
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Jonathan Schillace is an Instructional Technology Integration Specialist currently providing support for the Auburn and Weedsport school districts. Jonathan began his teaching career at BOCES in Career & Technical Education as an Integrated Math Instructor. He taught applied mathematical concepts in programs like Computer Systems and Construction Building Trades, prepared students for Regents exams in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, and taught Cayuga Community College Business Math courses. Outside of his typical day, he is also an instructor for the BOCES eLearning Academy where he teaches various high school and AP level math courses. Jonathan holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Philosophy from SUNY Geneseo and a Master’s in Mathematics Education (5-12) from the University of Buffalo. Jonathan resides in Lansing with his husband (Kyle), beloved dog (Cedric) and enjoys gaming, traveling, and eating.
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