After obtaining his degrees in biology, Sean Carone found work in a lab at Upstate Medical Center.
The job was OK, but nothing that filled him with passion for going to work and making a difference. Then a teacher suggested he look into teaching.
That teacher was also his wife and Carone learned she knew what was best.
From by no means a straight path from then, this fall he started his new job as principal of Mount Markham Middle School.
“There is such a strong community of students, staff and families here,’’ Carone said. “I can’t wait to come to work each day.’’
While a student at Sauquoit Valley, Carone looked at career choices. He wasn’t sure what to pick, but he was sure of one thing.
“I was never going to be a teacher,’’ he said. “I was one of those kids bored in school.’’
He earned a degree at Mohawk Valley Community College and then at Syracuse University, both in biology. He is, he admits, a science geek.
“My wife suggested I become a science teaching assistant, that maybe I’d like it,’’ Carone said. “I got my first job at Liverpool High School and within a year was getting credits for a graduate degree in education.’’
His wife, Rene, by then had some idea that teaching was where her husband should be. The couple met while students in high school - she’s from Frankfort - and Rene Carone teaches reading at New Hartford Elementary School.
They have three sons - ages 18, 16, and 11 - who attend New Hartford.
In his second year at Liverpool, Carone was offered a full-time teaching…