Mark Brenneman, Principal
Mr. Brenneman has served as Principal of Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School since 2009. Previously, he served as Associate Principal of the Junior High for two years. Before coming to the Hudson City School District, Principal Brenneman worked at New Covenant Charter School as Special Education Director and Associate Principal, each for two years. He previously taught as a Special Education Teacher at New Covenant and as a Head Teacher at the Neil Hellman School in Albany. Mr. Brenneman was named Capital Region Administrator of the Year by the Empire State Supervisors and Administrators Association in the 2012-2013 school year. He did his graduate work at the University at Albany in Education Administration and earned his M.S.Ed. in Special Education from the College of Saint Rose. He has a B.S. in Human Development from Pennsylvania State University. Read more in his Alumni Spotlight published in February 2020.
Ian MacCormack, Associate Principal
Mr. Ian MacCormack serves as the Associate Principal at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School. Mr. MacCormack is originally from Catskill, N.Y. Prior to coming to Hudson, Mr. MacCormack taught at Sinclair Elementary School in the Prince William County Public School District where he was a fifth grade teacher and a K-5 Instructional Technology Coach/Co-Teacher. When he lived in Catskill, he was a long-term sub at Catskill Elementary School. Mr. MacCormack’s bachelor’s degree is from SUNY Plattsburgh in Childhood Education 1-6 and his first master’s degree is from the University at Albany in Instructional Technology and Curriculum Development. He also pursued an advanced degree in History. His most recent master’s degree is from George Mason University in Educational Leadership. He lives in Kiskatom with his wife, Trish, and their two young daughters, Madison and Olivia.
Amanda Klopott, Associate Principal
Mrs. Amanda Klopott serves as the Associate Principal at Montgomery C. Smith Elementary School along with Mr. MacCormack. Mrs. Klopott was previously an ENL (English as a New Language) teacher at North Colonie CSD where she assisted in creating a mentoring program to support ENL students. She also provided Professional Development on differentiation and worked with staff to create a culturally inclusive school environment.
Mrs. Klopott received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and International Business with a concentration in Spanish from SUNY Oswego. She then received her graduate degree from George Mason University in Curriculum and Instruction for TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). From there, she finished an Administrative program through Stony Brook University to become a building and district leader.
She lives in Nassau with her husband and two young children. In her spare time, she likes hot yoga, hiking and watching movies as a family. She also loves Ethiopian food and will take trips to New York City just to enjoy it.