I have been an educator for over 34 years. I began my teaching career teaching third and fourth grade in Pine Hill. After eight years I became an assistant principal in Lower Alloways Creek for students in grades pre-k to grade 8 working with students and revising the district curriculum. In 1992, I was given an opportunity to open a new school for 1300 elementary school students in Hamilton Township, Mays Landing.
During my tenure in Mays Landing, at the George L. Hess Educational Complex, I assisted with guiding the school to earn four Best Practice Awards, and a Star School Award, all received by the New Jersey Department of Education. The Star School Award recognized the school as one of the top ten schools in New Jersey. At the conclusion of my work at the Hess Complex, I had become an Acting Principal for a school population now reaching 1600 students. As my tenure came to a close at the Hess Complex, we received our highest honor by being recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
After 7 years in Mays Landing, I had an opportunity to work in Collingswood, New Jersey as a Building Principal and Federal Grants Supervisor. I was in Collingswood for two years before coming home to Washington Township. As a long-time resident, parent, and alumnus of Washington Township, I have a vested interest in the education of Washington Township’s children.
I believe that we need to educate the whole child. We need to address their emotional and physical needs as well as their academic needs. Children need to feel secure. They need to have fun. They need to have a childhood, as we need to maintain these things for them as well as have high academic expectations.
I am proud to be a part of Washington Township Public Schools. I may be bias, but I feel the district provides the best education in the state and there are many graduates and residents that have left the district and that have been successful in life. My goal is for all Hurffville School students to leave with a sound educational foundation that will provide them the tools to be successful in secondary schools and beyond. Our dream is for all students to become Harvard or Princeton Graduates!