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Amanda Viel

Dr. Amanda Viel

Director of Educational Programs


Dr. Viel comes to the OCM BOCES Instructional Support team from the Cortland Enlarged City School District where she served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to that, she served as the principal of the Millard Hawk Elementary School in the Central Square Central School District. Dr. Viel went to college at SUNY Oswego, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education and her Masters Degree in Literacy Education. She earned her Ph.D in Education from Binghamton University in 2019. Before working for the Central Square School District, Dr. Viel was the Assistant Director for Instruction at the Mohawk Regional Information Center. She was also an Elementary Principal in the Liverpool and Homer School Districts and taught elementary school in the Binghamton School District.

Lisa Schlegel

Lisa Schlegel

Teacher Trainer, ISS-Professional Development

Lisa Schlegel joined OCM BOCES as a Literacy Teacher Trainer/Coach in 2005. She was a former classroom teacher in Syracuse City School District. Lisa is a certified LETRS facilitator. She has done extensive work in literacy from training/supporting teachers with literacy interventions to building their foundational literacy knowledge. Lisa also has expertise in many additional professional development areas, such as Instruction For All Students, Meeting The Needs of Diverse Learners, Content Area Literacy, Differentiated Instruction, Co-Teaching, Poverty and Engagement strategies. She is a facilitator for the New York State Leadership groups in Early Learning & ELA. Lisa holds a B.S from Niagara University and M.S. from Syracuse University.

Kathryn Chambers

Kathryn Chambers

Teacher Trainer, ISS-Professional Development
Twitter: @KatchambersEdu

Kat Chambers joined OCM BOCES in 2022 as a Teacher Trainer for Professional Development, specializing in Humanities, Social Studies, and Literacy. Prior to joining the OCM team, Kat was part of the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Professional development unit as an instructional support specialist and learning coach, and a secondary social studies teacher for fourteen years. She is a facilitator for the New York State Leadership groups in Literacy & Social Studies.  Kat earned both her BS in Adolescent Education Social Studies and her MS in Literacy Education B-12 from SUNY Cortland in addition to earning a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Oswego. What Kat enjoys most about her role is building relationships with educators as she provides regional training and in-district support for the various BOCES component districts

Aislyn Spencer

Aislyn Spencer

Support Staff

Office Fax: 315-431-8585

PO Box 4754
Syracuse, NY 13221

Matthew L. Cook, Ed.D.
District Superintendent
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