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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


  • 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


  • 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.