Animal and Plant Sciences

Academy Contact Information

  • Academy Secretary – Ms. Elizabeth Larivee – ext. 1105
  • Assistant Principal – Ms. Jennifer Skane – ext. 1110
  • Career Tech Program Director – Ms. Heidi Riccio – ext. 3107
  • Guidance Counselor – Ms. Casey O’Donnell – ext. 1108
  • Grade 9 Guidance Counselor – Ms. Michelle Harding – ext. 4107

ABOUT THE ASSistant PRINCIPAL, Ms. Jennifer Skane

skane16Jennifer Dawe-Skane, Associate Principal of the Animal & Plant Sciences Academy, brings a life-long career of agricultural and technical education and administration to her role as Associate Principal. Prior to her appointment in this administrative role, she taught Animal Science classes at the Essex Agricultural & Technical High School for 11 years before becoming a guidance counselor there. She continued her work in the Guidance department, serving as Coordinator for 3 years, before assuming the Assistant Principal position at Essex Aggie for one year prior to the merger with North Shore Tech in 2014. Her diverse experience and leadership background, makes Mrs. Skane well versed to lead the Animal & Plant Sciences Academy.  Mrs. Skane’s professional commitment embodies the value and excellence of an agricultural and vocational education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Masters of Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Salem State University. In addition to her professional teaching license (9-12) in Animal Science, Mrs. Skane is a licensed School Guidance Counselor (5-12) and Vocational-Technical Principal/Assistant Principal. She is a member of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), MAVA (Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators), Massachusetts and National FFA Organization/Alumni, and NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). She also is a recipient of an American FFA Degree, awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA, and an inducted member of Pi Lambda Theta, an honor society and professional association for educators.