The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) was founded in 2007 to foster the intellectual growth of students and faculty at Albany Academy for Girls & The Albany Academy. Its primary mission is to help all students realize their full academic potential.


The Center is committed to supporting engaged and successful teaching that encourages student learning, teaches students to take responsibility for their learning and fosters pedagogical innovations through collaborations among faculty, parents and administration.


The CTL is committed to understanding and supporting all aspects of teaching and learning. It is responsible for supporting the overall well being – academic, social, emotional and physical wellness – of each and every student at AAG & AA. The CTL works with grade-level and multi-grade teachers to identify and support students’ strengths and weaknesses within an integrated curriculum. Our goal is student centered “differentiated instruction.”


The CTL seeks to provide support in a variety of ways – meeting with individual teachers, grade-level teams, planning and modeling lessons. Teachers are encouraged to promote a culture in which children respect differences. Some students may require a greater level of remediation while others are provided special enrichment.

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  • Advising & Counseling

    The Advising program at The Albany Academy allows students to meet on a regular basis with a faculty member who knows and cares about them and address any issues they may have. The professional advisor develops a rapport with the student and serves as a mentor, with a foundation built on trust and strengthened through personal interactions with the advisee.

    The Advisor also develops connections with parents and helps students to succeed in all areas. Responsibilities of the advisor include:

    • Communicating school rules, policies & procedures, collecting advisees’ grades each trimester, writing advisory comments on report cards, conducting formal conferences with advisee parents/guardians at least once each year, or more as needed, and keeping an up-to-date folder on each advisee; please remember that the advisor is the adult contact on campus for the student and the parent(s).
    • Providing an environment that will foster bonding within an advisory group so that students feel accepted and valued and known by teacher and peers
    • Helping students cope with academic and social/emotional concerns and setting goals that will facilitate positive school experiences
    • Heightening student awareness of good citizenship through providing opportunities for meaningful contributions to their school and communities
    • Improving home/school communication and relationships
    • Tracking student academic progress through graduation; it is the advisor’s responsibility to ensure that his/her advisees are registered for the required courses.
    • Maintaining records of community service hours

Meet the Office

List of 5 members.

  • Kathleen Gorman 

    Russell Sage College - B.S.
    College of Saint Rose - M.S.
  • Mrs. McKenzie Fruehwirth 

    School Counselor
    (518) 429-2300
    The College of Saint Rose - M.A.
    Binghamton University - B.A.
  • Mr. Brian Fruscio 

    Learning Counselor
    (518) 429-2313
    Ithaca College - B.A.
  • Mrs. Janet Harris 

    AAG Reading Specialist
    (518) 429-2300
    The College of Saint Rose - M.Ed.
    State University of New York at Oswego - B.A.
  • Mrs. Karen Sbuttoni 

    Learning Specialist
    (518) 429-2338
    University At Albany - C.A.S.
    University At Albany - M.S.
    Buffalo State College - B.S.

The Albany Academies

The Albany Academy: 135 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
518.429.2300  Fax: 518.427.7016 

Albany Academy for Girls: 140 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
518.429.2300  Fax: 518.463.5096

Schellenberger Alumni/ae Center: 93 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
518.429.2414 Fax: 518.429.2380

Our Mission

Who We Are: The Albany Academies—The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls—develop capable and confident students through single-gender education in the Lower and Middle School, and through coordinate education in the Upper School.

What We Do: Employing individualized and positive education, The Albany Academies provide students with the knowledge, skills, and character needed for leadership and success in the creative, entrepreneurial century that lies ahead.