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Board of Education Approves Appointment of Four New SOMSD Administrators

Administrators, L to R, Pamela Murray, Bridgett Green, Dara Gronau & James Manno

At their August 22nd meeting, the SOMSD Board of Education approved the appointment of 4 new administrators:

Principal of Maplewood Middle School:  Mrs. Dara Gronau

Mrs. Gronau received her MA in Administration & Supervision from Montclair State University, NJ and her BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, TN. Dara recently served as district supervisor of ELA and Media in Ridgewood Public Schools and served as High School Principal at West Side HS in Newark, NJ. She is also a graduate and track star from Columbia High School.  Prior to her appointment as principal in Newark, Dara served as the high school assistant principal at West Side HS in Newark, Resident Principal in the New Leaders for New Schools program and teacher for Teach for America.  Mrs. Gronau will begin on August 24th.

Upon her appointment, Mrs. Gronau said “I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning home. The last time I was in the room, the relay team was being recognized, so I feel that I have come full circle.  I look forward to working with Maplewood Middle School – I understand that it is a wonderful staff that is strong, experienced, and ready to do great things.  I can’t wait to work with staff, parents, and especially students.”

Supervisor of Fine Arts K-12:  Mr. James Manno

Mr. Manno received his MA in Administration & Supervision from St. Peters College, NJ and his BA in Music from Ithaca College, NY. Most recently, Mr. Manno served as Vice Principal of Performing Arts & Television at Arts High School in Newark, NJ. Prior to his appointment as Vice Principal in Newark, James served as Department Chairperson of Performing Arts & Television at Arts High School in Newark, NJ. Mr. Manno also served as the Summer School Principal at the Summer Arts Program. Mr. Manno’s work as school leader and background in program development speaks to his strengths to cultivate relationships and lead instructional programs. Mr. Manno is projected to start on October 22nd.

Supervisor of Special Services: Ms. Bridgett Green

Ms. Green received her MA in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy, her BS in Elementary Education and her BA in Communication from Seton Hall University, NJ. Most recently, Bridgett served as a trainer for the East Orange Department of Special Education Services, and was the LRE District Specialist. She also is currently the NJIT pre-college program instructor for Grade 6 students. Prior to her appointment as the trainer for the East Orange Department of Special Services, Bridgett served as elementary school teacher of English/language arts in East Orange, NJ. In addition to the above, Ms. Green also served as the site supervisor/principal for the East Orange Summer Extended School Year Program. Ms. Green’s work as school leader and background in teacher training/LRE speaks to her strengths to cultivate relationships and lead instructional programs. Ms. Green is projected to start on October 22nd.

Supervisor of Youth Development & Pupil Services:  Dr. Pamela Murray

Dr. Murray received her doctorates in administration & leadership studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a MS in Education, Development and Strategies from the University of Wilkes and a BS from the University of Scranton. Dr. Murray served as a High School Principal at Abington Heights School in Clarks Summit, PA and also served as Assistant Principal overseeing the day to day operations of 15 academic departments and student affairs. Dr. Murray also served as a science teacher prior to her promotion to administration. Dr. Murray’s work as school leader and background in leadership speaks to her strengths to cultivate relationships with students, staff and families to ensure that all students’ educational and social needs are met.  Dr. Murray will start on August 22nd.