As the new principal of Raritan High School, I want to take an opportunity to share my journey that has led me to the Hazlet Township schools. Before I start, I want to personally thank the tremendous welcome I have received from the board of education members, Superintendents office, RHS teachers, and administration. Mr. Reiter has been a wonderful asset during this transition for the next academic school year. Also, I want to wish Mr. William Smith great success as the new Superintendent of Point Beach School District and commend him on the wonderful leadership he provided at RHS.
Prior to my move to Maryland, I began my career in education 16 years ago with the Clifton Public Schools, where I was a high school resource room teacher. In the Clifton School System, I served as track & field and soccer coach, special education teacher, vice-principal, and principal. During the thirteen year time period as a coach I had the amazing opportunity to celebrate state championships as either an assistant or head coach. As an assistant coach with the boys’ soccer team, we won the 2007 NJSIAA Group IV State Championship and made it to the Group IV state championship two years in a row. As the girls’ head track coach, I guided the girls to its first North I Group IV state championship in 2008 and its first school state champion in the pole vault. In the same year, I was honored as I was selected as the Star Ledger North Jersey Coach of the year.
In my educational career I have had the pleasure to work with so many amazing students, parents, teachers, coaches, and administrators who have been driven to succeed. I believe in life you have to set goals and I want to challenge every RHS students to set short and long term goals so you can take advantage of all that high school has to offer you. RHS is committed to offering a dynamic engaging learning environment and we want you to engage yourself in joining a club, sports team, or our growing marching band. If you are having a hard time finding a way to be involved please reach out to your school counselor, they can assist you. In life, goals will help you reach what you may believe is impossible and always remember nothing is impossible. “The Sky is the Limit”.
In closing, I am honored to have the opportunity to work in a school that has committed to the academic excellence of their students. I have an open door policy and if you need anything please contact me anytime. To the RHS graduates of 2016, I wish you luck as you embark on your future endeavors.