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Lyndhurst BOE hires Belleville “consultant’s” choice for first Middle School Principal

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Former Belleville Principal Shana Nussbaum Wright will start work in Lyndhurst on February 3, 2020 at a salary of nearly $150,000 as Principal of the still under construction Middle School. The Lyndhurst Board of Education supported the recommendation of State Monitor Tom Egan’s consultant, Belleville Superintendent Richard Tomko, by a vote of 6 in favor, with 2 abstentions.

Superintendent of Lyndhurst Schools, Anthony Grieco, said that the new Lyndhurst Middle School will also likely need an Assistant Principal.

Lyndhurst BOE President Erin Keefe, Vice President Frank Ferrandino, Trustees James Donovan, Chris Andrinopoulos, Chizzie Vuono and Joseph Abruscato all voted YES for Wright’s appointment. New Trustees Elaine Stella and Anthony Dell ‘Aquila abstained from the vote, citing their lack of involvement as new members in the process that chose Ms. Wright. Trustee Richard Pizzuti was absent from the meeting.

In addition to working for Lyndhurst’s consultant (Tomko) in Belleville as a Middle School Principal, Ms. Wright has also worked as a Middle School Principal in Bergenfield, where Monitor Egan served as Business Administrator when Ms. Wright was first hired and promoted there.

Egan and Tomko denied any bias in the recommendation of Ms. Wright for the Lyndhurst job, claiming she was the best qualified.

Lyndhurst currently has 8 Principals with no vacancies, including an Assistant Principal at the Lyndhurst High School. Ms. Wright’s appointment increases the number of school administrators to 9, an assistant to Ms. Wright, if another new appointment, will bring that number to 10.

WRIGHT’S RESUME FROM LINKED IN:

Experience

  • Founder/DirectorProject H.E.R.O.I.S.M. Jul 2017 – Present 2 years 7 months Greater New York City Area
  • Teaching today’s children to become tomorrow’s champions by encouraging youth to help, empower, respond to, organize, inspire, serve, and mobilize others in their communities.
  • Develop and implement curricula for school programming, designed to teach students how to give back to the community through literature, discussion, and experiential learning projects.
  • Contract with after-school program, where students not only read relevant books and partake in activities to aid community shelters, animal sanctuaries, senior centers, self-contained classrooms, and gardens.
  • Create and organize full-day school break events whereby children learn essential lessons regarding holidays, the local community, and the world, make crafts and treats for themselves and those in need, watch/read relevant media, prepare their own lunches, and play games with seniors.
  • Work closely with the Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA) to design and promote programming for senior and school-aged residents.
  • Develop individualized workshops for Daisy/Brownie Troops so that they may fulfill their petal/badge requirements.
  • Advertise and promote all activities via self-developed website, email campaigns, social media presence, in-person consultations, and networking events with key stakeholders.
  • Organize cohorts of volunteers to work with children in various capacities.
  • Build relationships with local businesses that donate space, time, food, and supplies to the charitable causes sponsored by Project H.E.R.O.I.S.M..
  • Held the first Friendsgiving Hoboken-style for adults to contribute to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit that connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals while also engaging the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.
  • Teaching today’s children to become tomorrow’s champions by encouraging youth to help, empower, respond to, organize, inspire, serve, and mobilize others in their communities.
  • Develop and implement curricula for school programming, designed to teach students how to give back to the community through literature, discussion, and experiential learning projects.
  • Contract with after-school program, where students not only read relevant books and partake in activities to aid community
  • Principal Belleville Middle School Jul 2015 –  Jul 2017 2 years 1 monthBelleville, NJ
  • Worked collaboratively with teachers, directors, and supervisors to develop and update curricula and best practice plans that are aligned with current NJSLS and prepare students for the PARCC assessments, higher education, the work force, and beyond.
  • Delivered professional development sessions with the goal of addressing faculty needs determined as a result of observations, evaluations, walk-throughs, and weekly lesson plan reviews.
  • Communicated regularly with Central Administration, the HSA, the community at large, and individual parents and students via email, newsletters, web announcements, PowerSchool/OnCourse, meetings, and telephone in both English and Spanish.
  • Developed a Teacher Leader Team to assist with running various activities, providing input, and creating plans for utilizing the SIP budget and removing BMS from focus status.
  • Met with individuals and groups of students to celebrate successes, solicit information, provide counsel, encourage improvement, discuss discipline, and monitor progress.
  • Designed the master schedule via PowerSchool/OnCourse to take into account student needs, faculty strengths, and building constraints.
  • Analyzed building financial interests to determine budgetary expenses and created system for teachers and staff to prioritize needs/wants.
  • Reviewed resumes, interviewed candidates, and hired exceptional people to fill vacancies.
  • Worked collaboratively with teachers, directors, and supervisors to develop and update curricula and best practice plans that are aligned with current NJSLS and prepare students for the PARCC assessments, higher education, the work force, and beyond.
  • Delivered professional development sessions with the goal of addressing faculty needs determined as a result of observations, evaluations, walk-throughs, and weekly lesson plan reviews.
  • Communicated regularly with Central Administration…Show more
  • Principal Roy W. Brown Middle SchoolAug 2010 –  Jul 2015 5 years Bergenfield, NJ
  • Assistant PrincipalRoy W. Brown Middle School, Bergenfield, NJJan 2009 –  Jul 20101 year 7 monthsBergenfield, NJ
  • Assistant PrincipalWRS Middle School in Holmdel, NJJul 2005 –  Dec 20083 years 6 months
  • TeacherC.I.S. 166X1999 –  20056 years

Education

  • Mercy College Mercy CollegeMSSchool Administration and Supervision2001 –  2003
  • The City College of New YorkMASecondary Education and English2000 –  2002
  • Rutgers CollegeBSAdministration of Justice/Spanish1996 –  1999
  • Marlboro High Schooldiploma1991 –  1995

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