What makes a good school district has very little to do with how rich or poor the students are, or the type of curriculum that’s taught. It has very little to do with special programs, expansive playing fields, or fancy uniforms. What makes a good school, is a feeling. A feeling shared by the entire community that their particular school district is special. The feeling that their district really belongs to them. (Manna, 1999)
The above quote made me think about our district. The feeling here is nearly palpable. It truly is special, and it fosters a feeling of ownership among staff and students. Thanks to our teachers, staff, students, and the community we have created and maintained, we will continuously look to increase this feeling. This feeling is the reason I returned to the Keansburg School District three years ago.
My first role in education was as a high school History Teacher in Manchester Township (1988-2003). Then eight years (2004-2011) in the Keansburg School District as a Counselor, Coach, Assistant Principal, and Principal. I left Keansburg to work in Central Office in Middletown (2012-2016). I returned to Keansburg and have spent the past three years as the District Director of Operations, Curriculum and Instruction, and State and Federal Program, this affirmed my belief that the strength of Keansburg is in the community.
Our focus as a district will be to improve instructional practices in order to ensure quality learning for students. We want students to have the opportunity to engage deeply in all content that allows them to think and communicate. Most importantly, we strive to provide them with ownership of their learning.
We encourage all community members to be active in our school district. There are numerous events throughout the year including; athletic, music, parent workshops, and student performances. Hope to see you there.
I am honored to be the new Superintendent of the Keansburg School District and I am extremely excited for the 2019-2020 school year!