Hello! Welcome to my page and thank you for visiting! The 2020-2021 school year begins my ninth year as Principal of Meadowbrook School. During my time here, our staff has had many instructional successes and have supported building projects that prioritized school security, collecting and reflecting on formal and informal student data, continued Google implementation in daily classroom activities guided by the NJ Learning Standards, meaningful character education, and mindfulness, curriculum development within the Balanced Literacy framework, and creating innovative, flexible classroom activities using the Math mindsets approach. Results from those efforts remain evident with our building being safer, classroom activities being more personalized, improved scores on state standardized assessments, and a continued focus on students becoming leaders within the school and community. The New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development has recognized our school's effort in our character education program. We achieved the status of "New Jersey Emerging School of Character" for the 2013-14 school year and "New Jersey Honorable Mention School of Character" for the 2014-2015 school year.
Before coming to Hillsdale, I was the Assistant Principal of Stillwater Township School located in Sussex County, NJ. My responsibilities focused on the day to day operations of a Pre-K to 6th-grade building with approximately 370 students in a rural setting.
For most of my teaching career, I was a Grade 2 Teacher in the Kinnelon Public Schools. I was also an "acting building administrator" during the absence of the building principal in my last year at Kiel School. While serving on various district committees, I completed numerous projects of adding technology into the classroom and co-presenting at Rutgers University on the topic of the importance of implementing a code of conduct on the K-2 level. I served as Assistant Varsity Girls' Soccer Coach (2007-2011, 2013 - 2018) and Head Girls' Middle School Soccer Coach (2007-2008). In 2008, our team (Pearl R. Miller M.S.) won the Morris County Championship for the first time in 23 years, defeating Black River M.S. (Chester, NJ) 1-0. Both in 2008 and 2009, the Kinnelon High School team was crowned Morris County Champions. In 2014, the team won a second state championship in the history of the program.
I began my teaching career in First Grade in Wyckoff, NJ after successfully completing my student teaching assignment in Third Grade at Sicomac School.
I graduated from William Paterson University in 2001 with a B.A. in History and earned my Teaching Certificate in 2005. I completed my Master's Degree in Education Leadership,l Management and Policy at Seton Hall University in 2009 graduating with "Summa Cum Laude" honors. Current professional certificates I possess are NJ School Administrator Certificate, NJ Principal Standard License, NJ Supervisor Standard License, NJ Elementary Teacher License (K-8), and NJ School Safety Specialist Certification. I am a member of the Bergen County Principals and Supervisors Association, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Bergen County Association of School Security Professionals.
Currently, when I am not at Meadowbrook, I proudly volunteer as an emergency responder and high school soccer coach in my hometown of Pequannock Township. I have been a volunteer firefighter since August of 2001. In 2012, I was sworn in as Fire Chief for the first time and completed my term in 2014. On January 1, 2018, I began my second tenure as Fire Chief of the department. Additionally, I am a Deputy Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management to assist the town in planning for, and managing major emergencies/incidents. I am also a Varsity Assistant Girls' Soccer Coach at Pequannock Township High School.
I am extremely lucky to have a wonderful and supportive family. My wife, Kristin, is a 3rd Grade Teacher, we have two boys, Braeden and Andrew, and a dog, Rooney.