Mr. Kevin Mason
p: (973) 378 5216 ext 4501
Kevin Mason grew up in Newark, NJ and has always had a love for Math and Science. His enthusiasm for numbers and methodology ignited after attending summer Science and Math programs at Upsala College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry during high school and college. These experiences eventually led Mr. Mason into the field of Education.
Mr. Mason earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Morehouse College, MAT in Biology from Montclair State University and his principal certification through the NJEXCEL – Program. Mr. Mason began his career as a Laboratory Scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs before embarking on a career as an educator. Mr. Mason was accepted into the TRUST (Teacher Recruitment for Urban Schools of Tomorrow) Program at Montclair State University which led him to teaching Math and Science in the Newark Public Schools where he became the Lead Science teacher for the school and leading summer Professional Development for the district. For the past thirteen years Mr. Mason has worked with the South Orange Maplewood School district where he started as a sixth grade Math and Science teacher at Maplewood Middle School, then becoming the Assistant Principal of Tuscan Elementary School and most recently transferring to Columbia High School to become an Assistant Principal. Additionally, Mr. Mason is an adjunct professor at Farleigh Dickinson University.
Mr. Mason has had the pleasure of working with the teachers, parents and students of the SOMSD. Mr. Mason sees a reflection of him in the young scholars through mentorship and enjoys helping students realize their full potential.
Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife Roni, two daughters Kennedy and Mackenzie and is an avid motorcyclist.
Ms. Shane Zeigler
p: (973) 378 - 5216 ext 4502
Shane Zeigler grew up in Bronx, NY and Teaneck, NJ. She began her love for teaching when she volunteered to work in a daycare center in her senior year of high school for a Senior Service project. Ms. Zeigler received her BA from Pace University in Early Childhood Development. As she continued her educational journey, she earned her Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from Montclair State University where she also received her second Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Ms. Zeigler began her teaching career in Washington Heights in Manhattan and has over twenty years of experience as an educator, mentor, supervisor and leader.
Throughout the years, Ms. Zeigler has had the pleasure of working with many children from various backgrounds. She has worked with parents and teachers to bring the community and the schools together by organizing activities such as voter registration workshops, cultural feasts and Read Ins. She is known for always having soft jazz playing somewhere nearby (Miles Davis and John Coltrane are two of her favorites.) Ms. Zeigler’s educational philosophy is that every child should be inspired to participate in their education so that they can see a successful future for themselves.
Ms. Zeigler has been with the South Mountain family for a year and she enjoys working with such dedicated families and staff members. In her spare time, Ms. Zeigler likes to spend time with her loved ones, reading with her book club and volunteering.