July 6, 2020
Dear LCN Families:
It is an honor and privilege to join the LCN community. I am excited and energized to be part of a district that prides itself on academic excellence and whose motto is “we care about what we do!”
My career in education spans 20 years in various roles and across multiple grade levels. I began as a one-on-one classroom aide working with special education students in kindergarten for Passaic Public Schools. I then served as a first and second grade bilingual teacher in the Plainfield School District. As I transitioned into administration I joined the neighboring district of North Plainfield. My primary role was dean of students for the Intermediate School (grades 5-6). I also held part-time positions as a supervisor for the alternative high school and advisor for the North Plainfield Community Adult School. I then joined the Teaneck School District as a vice principal where I worked with students in grades 5 through 8. And prior to arriving at Roseland I served for six years as a principal in the Edgewater School District for grades 3 through 6.
With respect to my teaching credentials I hold certifications in elementary education and bilingual education from The College of New Jersey and Kean University. I also hold a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a master's degree in school administration from Cambridge College in Massachusetts.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” When I set out on my professional journey, I discovered very quickly that education went beyond just teaching students academic content. Children are always watching and listening to the world around them. They watch how we interact with one another and they listen carefully to the words we use. Thus, modeling and teaching good character is critical to their development. As an instructional leader I pride myself on making every interaction with students a teachable moment. I seek ways to build on what they are learning, try to make connections, and foster a respectful rapport.
In addition to good character, we aim to prepare your child for the social-emotional challenges of school life. Students will make mistakes, break the rules, and experience frustration. They will have conflicts, experience rejection, fear, and failure. As they develop from childhood into adolescence they will experience many physical and emotional changes. We have an incredible opportunity to help them navigate and learn from these challenges. Helping them is a balancing act of intervening when needed, holding them accountable, and encouraging them to problem solve - and along the way letting them know that we are here for them.
As we navigate the remaining months of summer break, I am sure that you are anxious about the new school year. As the father of a high-schooler and a middle-schooler I completely understand! Please know that I embrace the challenge and I am fully committed to the work of ensuring a successful school year for all.
I wish you and your loved ones continued health and safety. Enjoy the remaining months of the summer break.