Superintendent of Schools
Lyndhurst School District
I would like to thank the Lyndhurst Board of Education for the great opportunity that has been provided to me. The staff, parents, students, and community have welcomed me with open arms during the first few weeks of my tenure here. WE ARE LYNDHURST!
I currently reside in Midland Park, NJ with my wife Johnna and three children (Carter, Callie, and Cade). I grew up in Newark and Bloomfield, NJ.
Monmouth University- 1999- Bachelor of Science in Special Education
Kean University- 2003- Master of Arts in Educational Administration
Liberty University- Anticipated 2021- Doctorate in Educational Leadership
My teaching career began in 1999. I have four years of experience in a high school setting as a Teacher of the Handicapped (Replacement, In-Class Support and Behavioral Disabilities). I am going into my sixteenth year as an administrator. During the past fifteen years, I have been assigned the roles of High School Assistant Principal, Director of Special Services, Director of Athletics, Assistant Superintendent, Middle School Principal, and Superintendent of Schools. Throughout my career, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience in many aspects of administrative operations, school law, curriculum, finance, facilities, code of conduct, and extracurricular activities/athletics.
In thinking of my educational philosophy, I would like to think that it is a progressive one. Classroom environments should be conducive to learning, with student-centered activities in place, and teachers acting as facilitators in the process. Students need to understand how to collaborate with each other, while also being given the chance to be creative and unique. It is our job as educators to keep students engaged and motivated. Individualized instruction, tailor-made to each student, should be a priority of ours.
Many educators have placed an emphasis on making children become lifelong learners, respecting and enjoying the opportunity at hand, while building their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Decisions made by teachers and administrators should also be data driven, based on assessment. Last, but certainly not least, student/staff safety and security is of the utmost importance to our district.
I have been thoroughly impressed with the commitment and knowledge of our teaching, administrative, and support staff.