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Principals Bio

Principals Bio

Philosophy of Education

  As an educator for the past forty years, I’ve developed a philosophy based on mutual respect.  As an educator, whether it be in a teaching, supervisory, or administrative role, all parties must be supported and valued members of the learning community.  A strong relationship among faculty, staff, students, and parents is key in creating a safe and secure, effective learning environment.  Modeling is the most powerful way of effecting positive change both in staff and students.  Teachers must feel empowered and part of the decision-making process.  All efforts for student success in school and in the real world must start with a shared vision among all stakeholders.  The three C’s of communication, cooperation, and collaboration help create an environment of meaningful learning and one where success for all is possible!

Principal’s Bio

Education 

  • Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Member National Honor Society, 1970
  • Caldwell University, BA Elementary Education, 1974
  • Kean and New Jersey City Universities, MA+32, in Student Personnel Services, 1984
  • Montclair State University, MA in Educational Leadership, 2000

Certifications 

  • Supervisor
  • Principal

Positions Held 

  • Elementary Teacher, K-5, 1974-1992
  • School Counselor, K-6, 1992-2000
  • Coordinator Gifted/Talented Program 1992-2000
  • Curriculum Writer/Teacher of 3rd grade Language Arts Gifted/Talented Saturday Program
  • Curriculum Writer of 2nd grade Language Arts Gifted/Talented Program
  • Writer of Drug Curriculum for Belleville School District
  • Vice Principal, Belleville High School 2000-2003
  • Principal, School Nine 2003-2011
  • ESL Supervisor 2003-2011
  • Affirmative Action Officer 2003-2011
  • District Public Relations Liaison
  • District Liaison, Essex County Safety and Security Summit Committee\

Extended Community Involvement

  • Member Municipal Alliance
  • Member Neighborhood Watch Program
  • Recipient of Belleville Woman of the Year for outstanding community service
  • Coordinator for establishment of Reading Park, School Nine
  • Collaboration with Newark, Nutley, and Roseland School Districts:
    • Career Awareness
    • Character Education
    • Women’s History Month
    • School Library Shared Reading Project
    • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony/Family Night Schools Nine and Five
    • Coordinator, School Five’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

     Mrs. Rotonda resides in Belleville with her husband, Chief Joseph Rotonda.  She has two children.

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