Kenneth Facin is currently serving his 11th year as the Superintendent of Schools for the Hoosick Falls Central School District. He began his educational career as a science teacher.
He has 14 years of teaching experience as an Earth Science, Physics, and middle school science teacher. Teaching from an inquiry-based approach to laboratory experimentation and analysis, Mr. Facin’s students always outperformed their NYS peers.
Mr. Facin has focused on integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) as part of the Hoosick Falls model for developing and educating the whole child. His social-emotional approach to public education is unique and innovative. Based on current research on neuroplasticity and brain science, instructional practices assist students with working toward improved emotional control and increased focus and concentration.
Meditative breathing is one component of social-emotional learning. For five minutes, twice a day, teachers facilitate their students in various breathing activities, making them more available for learning.
Another element of social-emotional learning is the addition of yoga into school practices. Classroom yoga techniques utilized by faculty allow students physical movement to improve focus and attention. Yoga has also been incorporated into the athletic program and the curriculum as an elective course. Yoga provides another path to wellness for students while allowing them to reduce stress and anxiety.
Mr. Facin’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Geology from SUNY Geneseo, a Master’s in Earth Science Education from Alfred University and an Educational Administration Certificate from the University at Albany.
He has been involved with many area non-profit groups and is a member of numerous professional educational organizations. Ken currently serves on the Sage College Leadership Board and is involved with the Friends of the Bennington Battlefield group.
Ken enjoys many interests and activities. He can be found on many days fly fishing his beloved Battenkill or hiking with his dogs. Ken also enjoys American History with an emphasis on local history.
He lives in Greenwich New York with his wife Kathleen of 28 years and his two daughters, Leah and Elisabeth, two dogs and two cats.