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Prior to her appointment as the Roseland Superintendent in 2016, Deanne Somers held various leadership and professional positions in her twenty-six years as an educator. Her teaching career includes tenure as a fifth grade teacher, technology specialist, gifted and talented teacher, and enrichment coordinator in the Riverdale and Denville School Districts in Morris County. She has also presented numerous workshops for teachers and administrators across the state. Ms. Somers is passionate about professional development and working with educators on effective teaching, assessment, literacy, and student achievement.

Ms. Somers’ school and district-level administration experiences have provided her the opportunity to work extensively in the areas of curriculum and instruction, personnel, evaluation, and collaboration with the school community. Seven years as the Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction in the Woodcliff Lake School District (preK-8) followed by two years as an elementary principal at Westbrook School (K-6) in West Milford deepened her understanding of district and school-level needs, facilities, budgeting, and crisis management.

Ms. Somers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Psychology from William Paterson College, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Caldwell College, a Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College, and an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership from Northcentral University.

Her passion is based on the core belief that every child, teacher, and parent deserves a school environment where they are supported, actively engaged in learning, and included in its vision.

Deanne lives in Sparta, New Jersey, with her husband, Ligen, daughter, Shelby, and her daughter's cat, Mosley Claire.