Leadership Is In Your Future

The Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA) has expanded its NJ EXCEL (EXpedited Certification for Educational Leadership) Program, a state-approved non-traditional program leading to certification for supervisor, principal, school administrator, and director of school counseling services in lieu of traditional graduate studies in educational administration. Eligibility for NJ EXCEL includes a minimum of a master’s degree in a field related to education and four years of full-time experience as a teacher and/or educational specialist.

January 2018 Cohort Application Deadline

Please note that the deadline for applying for the NJ EXCEL January 2018 Cohort  Models 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 is December 12, 2017. 

In The News

Hip, Hip Hooray!!

 Congratulations to the following members of the NJ-EXCEL Community of Learners:

  • Joyce Cutler (July 2011/Model 1 North) was appointed Assistant Principal of the METS Charter School in Newark effective September 2017.
  • Rachel Gough (January 2015/Model 3 Central) was appointed Supervisor of Special Services in the Brick Township School District effective August 2017.
  • Reina Hernandez (July 2014/Model 3 South) was appointed as Assistant Principal of the Quarter Mile Lane School in Bridgeton effective 9/1/17.
  • Chris Gabbai (July 2016/Model 3-Central) was appointed as Supervisor for At-Risk Students in the East Windsor School District effective August 1, 2017.
  • Amy Switkes (July 2014/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Vice-Principal at the Barley Sheaf Elementary School in the Flemington-Raritan School District effective September 1, 2017.
  • Gina Dalton (July 2004/Model 2 Central) was promoted to Principal of the Christopher Columbus School #5 in Elizabeth effective August 18, 2017.
  • Dawn Brzozowski (July 2016/Model 2 Central) was appointed as District Supervisor of Special Education Pre-K through Grade 7 in the Piscataway School District effective August  2017.
  • Jacqueline Bello (July 2015/Model 3 North) was appointed as Vice-Principal at the Charles A. Selzer Elementary School in Dumont effective September 1, 2017.
  • Rachelle Crawley (July 2015/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Assistant Principal of School One in Linden NJ effective August 1, 2017.
  • Erin Woverton (January 2016/Model 2 Central) was appointed Assistant Principal at Hamilton High School West in Mercer County the summer of 2017.
  • Maura Harrington (January 2015/Model 2 Central) was appointed Assistant Principal at the Somerset Intermediate School in North Plainfield starting in the summer of 2017.
  • Edward Bucior (July 2015/Model 3 Central) was appointed Vice-Principal at the Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark NJ effective August 1, 2017.
  • Valerie Bowers (January 2016/Model 3 South) was appointed Supervisor of Special Education in the Delran Township School District effective September 2017.
  • Erik Roth (July 2013/Model 2 North) was appointed Principal of the Edward H. Bryan Elementary School in Creskill in July 2015.
  • Justin Miller (July 2014/Model 3 Central) was appointed as K-12 Supervisor of Social Studies and World Languages in the Franklin Township School District in Somerset County as of August 2017.
  • Annabell Louis (July 2015/Model 3 Central) was appointed Supervisor of Special Services for the Linden School District effective July 1, 2017.
  • Jason Richardson (January 2012/Model 2 North) was appointed as Vice-Principal at Irvington H.S. effective September 1, 2017.
  • Tania Herzog (January 2016/Model 1 Central) was appointed as Director of Special Services in the Metuchen School District effective July 1, 2017.
  • Megan Wechler (January 2016/Model 3 North) was appointed Supervisor of Special Services in the Morris Hills Regional School District as of July 2017.
  • Dr. Christopher Hughes (January 2016/Model 1 Central) was appointed as Director of Special Projects, Outreach and Related Services for the South Bergen Jointure Commission as of 7/1/17)
  • Christine Moran (July 2016/Model 2 North) was appointed as Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction in the River Edge Boro School District effective July 1, 2017.
  • Suzanne Lazzari (January 2016/Model 2 Central) was appointed as Director of Special Services in the Little Silver School District effecit August 1, 2017.
  • Jennifer Zona (January 2016/Model 2 Central) was appointed as Director of Special Services in the Marlboro Township School District.  She will start this position as of July 1, 2017.
  • Ellen McHenry (July 2006/Model 1 Central) recently received the Dr. Irwin A. Hyman Services to Children Award.  The award is in recognition of outstanding contributions to education, mental health, or the general welfare of children and youth in NJ and the nation.  It was presented by the NJ Association of School Psychologists.
  • Lisa Owen (January 2005/Model 3 Central) was appointed Principal of Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, NJ.  She will assume this position as of July 1, 2017.
  • Holly Niemic (January 2016/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Supervisor of Instruction at the Mill Pond School in Lacey Township.  She assume this role on May 1, 2017.
  • Angela Siso-Stentz (January 2007/Model 2 Central) was appointed as Assistant Principal at Princeton High School.  She will assume her duties in July 2017.  She is currently the K-12 Director of Guidance in Princeton.
  • Barry Haines (July 2014/Model 1 North) had an article published in the NJ School Boards Association Journal in March/April 2017 on the role of Technology Directors.  You can find his article at www.njsba.org.
  • Lara Hilaman (January 2016/Model 3 South) was appointed as Supervisor of Assessment Data & Instruction for the Camden County Technical Schools starting in February 2017.
  • Jennifer Schoepflin (January 2017/Model 2 South) was named the 2016/17 Gloucester County Teacher of the Year.  Jennifer teaches 5th Grade in the Clayton School District in South Jersey.
  • Juan Swist (July 2012/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Assistant Principal at the Melvin H. Krepps Middle School in East Windsor.  He began his duties in October 2016.
  • Annemarie Mattia (July 2015/Model 2 North) was appointed as Supervisor of Elementary Education in the Middlesex School District effective November 1, 2016.
  • John Dunston (January 2014/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Accountability and Research in the Trenton School District effective November 1, 2016.
  • Jacqueline Fik (January 2015/Model 3 North) was appointed as Vice-Principal of Randolph Township Middle School.  She assumed her responsibilities in July 2016.
  • Dawn Kaszuba (July 2014/Model 1-Central) was appointed Principal of Ocean Township High School.  She will assume her new duties on September 12, 2016.
  • Wilma Ann Anderson (July 2014/Model 3-North) was appointed as Director for Instruction and Technology at the Great Futures Charter School in Jersey City starting in September 2016.
  • John Massaro (January 2012/Model 2-North) was promoted to Principal of the Creskill Middle/High School starting September 2016.
  • Laura Heimlich (July 2015/Model 3-Central) was appointed as Supervisor of Pre-School in Piscataway Township.  She will start her new duties in September 2016.
  • Genique Flournoy-Hamilton (July 2013/Model 3-North) was appointed as Principal of the Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark.  She will start her duties in September 2016.
  • Kelly Harmon (July 2013/Model 3-Central) was promoted to Assistant Principal for Curriculum & Instruction at Monmouth County Vocational School.  She was previously a supervisor.  Her new duties will start in September 2016.
  • David Fusco (January 2014/Model 3-Central) was recently appointed as STEM Supervisor at Red Bank Regional High School.  He will be starting his new position in September 2016.
  • Jared Toscano (January 2014/Model 3-South) was appointed as Assistant Principal at Buena Regional High School in Buena Township.
  • Dara Ash (July 2011/Model 3-South) was appointed as Assistant Principal of the Camden Academy Charter School in Camden.
  • Melanie Lisitski (July 2013/Model 1-South) was appointed as Assistant Principal in the Middle Township School District effective August 2016.
  • Giuseppe Calella (July 2014/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Assistant Principal of Holmdel High School effective July 1, 2016.
  • Erin Borino (January 2015/Model 3 North) was appointed K-12 Supervisor of Educational Technology in the Livingston School District effective July 1, 2016.
  • Michael Anderson (January 2014/Model 3 North) was appointed Principal of Memorial Junior School in Hanover Township effective July 1, 2016.
  • Stacy Winters (January 2016/Model 2 North) was appointed as STEM Supervisor at Randolph HS starting July 1, 2016.
  • Gerald Lyons (January 2015/Model 1 North) was appointed as Director of Food Services for the Hudson County Vocational/Technical Schools.
  • Niaz Uddin (January 2014/Model 3 North) was appointed a Vice Principal for K-8 in Newark.
  • Michael Tozzi (January 2015/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Assistant Principal of the Walter C. Black E.S. in East Windsor Regional School District.  He will start in July 2016.
  • Shante James (January 2015/Model 2 Central) was appointed as District Supervisor of Special Education in the Asbury Park School District.
  • Carlea Dries (July 2010/Model 3 North) just had her Doctorate in School Psychology conferred on her by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  • Katherine Agresta (July 2014/Model 3 South) was recently appointed as Supervisor in the Clementon School District in Camden County.  She begins her duties as of July 1, 2016.
  • Nicholas Steffner (July 2013/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Vice-Principal of Summit High School in Summit effective July 1, 2016.
  • Ryan Hudson (July 2014/Model 3 South) was recently appointed as Vice-Principal of Lakeside Elementary School in Millville.  His duties begin in July 2016.
  • Jodie Craft (July 2014/Model 3 North) was appointed as Vice-Principal of Elementary Schools in Tenafly.
  • Amanda Lamoglia (January 2015/Model 1 Central) was recently appointed as Director of Special Education in the Middletown School District.
  • Julie Glazer (January 2006/Model 2 Central) was appointed Superintendent of the Nutley School District.  She will assume these responsibilities as of July 1, 2016.
  • Elizabeth Parnagian (January 2005/Model 1 Central) was recently appointed as Supervisor of Non-Public Services with the Burlington County Office of Special Services.
  • Barbara Wilchensky (July 2014/Model 2 South) has been appointed as Director of Language Arts Literacy in the Birdgeton School District.  She will assume these duties as of July 1, 2016.
  • Mayreni Fermin-Cannon (July 2014/Model 3 Central) has been appointed as the Supervisor of ESL/Bilingual K-12 Education and Parent/Community Involvement Specialist in the Hamilton Township School District.  She will assume these responsibilities as of July 1, 2016.
  • Michael Anderson (July 2014/Model 3 North) was appointed Interim Assistant Principal at the Memorial Junior School in Hanover Township.  He started the position in March 2016.
  • JoAnn Chmielowicz (July 2013/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Principal of the Irwin Elementary School in East Brunswick as of December 2015.
  • Giovanni Giancaspro (January 2008/Model 3 North) was recently appointed as Superintendent of Schools for the East Rutherford School District in Bergen County.  He will start the job in July 2016.
  • Carla Perez (January 2014/Model 3 North) was appointed as Vice-Principal in the Dumont School District.  She will assume these responsibilities in February 2016.
  • Jack Marcellus (July 2005/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Superintendent/Principal of the Gibbsboro School District in S. Jersey.  He will assume the position in February 2016.
  • David Walker (July 2014/Model 2 Central) was appointed as Vice-Principal at Linden High School.  He will begin the job in January 2016.
  • Jennifer Welch (July 2014/Model 2 Central) was appointed as Assistant Principal at Passaic High School.  She will assume her responsibilities on January 1, 2016.
  • Megan Bruder (January 20124/Model 3 South) was appointed as Instructional Supervisor for STEM in the Kingsway Regional School District.  She will begin this position in January 2016.
  • Francesca Miraglia (July 2014/Model 3 Central) was appointed as English Supervisor 6-12 and ESL Supervisor K-12 in the Hamilton Township School District.  She assumed these responsibilities as of December 1, 2015.
  • Erin Biancella (July 2011/Model 3 Central) was appointed as Supervisor of Guidance in the Barnegat Township School District.
  • Jennifer Blevins (January 2015/Model 2 Central) was appointed as Supervisor of Middle School Social Studies in Edison Township in August 2015.
  • Lori Massey (July 2012/Model 3 South) was appointed as Supervisor of Langauge Arts in the Pennsauken School District.  She will assume these responsibilities as of November 2015.
  • Eve Kingsbury (July 2014/Model 2 North) was appointed as Vice-Principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Edison.  She will start the position in January 2016.
  • Juliana Meehan (January 2012/Model 3 North) has announced that select works from her collection Pax Rwanda: Embroideries of the Women of Savane Rutongo-Kibuye were featured at the 2015 "Circle of Sisters Expo" at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC on October 17th and 18th, 2015.
  • Peter Crawley (January 2015/Model 2 Central) was appointed as Supervisor of Mathematics, Science, Business and Technology in the Fort Lee School District this past July.
  • Thomas Connolly (July 2013/Model 3 North) was appointed as Vice-Principal of the Round Valley School in the Clinton Township School District.  He assumed his responsibilities on September 1, 2015.
  • Jennifer Gramble (July 2012/Model 3 South) was recently appointed as District Supervisor for Science in the Black Horse Pike Regional School District on July 1, 2015.
  • Trish Capitelli (January 2011/Model 3 North & January 2015/Model 4 North) was appointed as Superintendent of the Totowa Boro School District.  She assumed those responsibilities in July 2015.
  • Charles Powell (January 2014/Model 3 North) was recently appointed as Vice-Principal at the Cape May County Vocational School District.  He will start his responsibilities in September 2015.
  • Timothy McCorkle (July 2013/Model 3 North) has been appointed as Vice-Principal of Byram Intermediate School in Sussex County starting in September 2015.
  • Gladys Rosario-Hubbard (July 2009/Model 3 South) was recently appointed as the Supervisor of Special Services in the Runnemede School District in South Jersey.  She will start the job in September 2015.
  • Michael Corso (January 2014/Model 3 North) has been appointed as K-12 Supervisor of Guidance in the Westwood Regional School District.  He will assume this position in September.
  • Hope Kornell (January 2010/Model 3 Central) was appointed as an Elementary Supervisor in the Toms River School District.  She was appointed in July 2015.
  • Kelly Kernasovic (July 2008/Model 1 Central) was appointed Principal of the Washington Street Elementary School in Toms River, NJ.  She assumed her position in July 2015.
  • Jamie Koransky (July 2012/Model 3 North) was recently appointed as Supervisor of Special Services in the Mountainside School District.  She began the job in July 2015.
  • Selina Pewitt (January 2014/Model 2 Central) has been appointed as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction in the Spotswood School District.  She assumed the position in July 2015.
  • Jennifer Hackett-Slimm (July 2014/Model 3 South) has been appointed as Supervisor of Instruction at the Pleasant Valley School in Harrison Township effective July 1, 2015.
  • Nathan Webber (July 20014/Model 2 Central) has been appointed as the Principal of Hamilton Township High School East (Steinert H.S.). 
  • Melanie Scharadin (January 2012/Model 3 South) was appointed as Assistant Principal at Northern Burlington Regional High School.  She has been in the position since October 2014.
  • Tracie Morrison (July 2014/Model 3 North) has just had her book Prayer Dancer published.
  • Kenneth Margolin (January 2014/Model 2-Central) was just appointed as Vice-Principal of Franklin High School in Somerset County.  He will start his job on July 1st.
  • Lynne Vosbikian (January 2013/Model 3-South) was recently appointed Vice-Principal at the Rosa International Baccalaureate Middle School in Cherry Hill.  She will begin her duties on July 1st.
  • Will Diaz II (January 2013/Model 2-North) was recently appointed as Vice-Principal at Fort Lee High School.  He will assume this position as of July 1st.
  • Gina Cinotti (July 2010/Model 1-Central) successfully defended her dissertation at Seton Hall University.  Dr. Cinotti is the Principal at the Netcong Elementary School.
  • Erik Roth (July 2013/Model 2-North) was recently appointed as Assistant Principal at the Creskill Middle School/High School in Creskill.
  • Cathy Gramata (January 2006/Model 3-Central) was appointed as Principal of the Leroy Gordon Cooper School in Old Bridge effective January 1, 2015.
  • Dawn Auerbach (July 2013/Model 1-North) and Kevin Smilon (July 2013/Model 1-North) were both appointed as Assistant Principals at the George Washington Middle School in Wayne, NJ.
  • Jaime Walker (January 2012/Model 3-North) has been appointed as the Director of Guidance in the Hopatcong School District.  She will officially start her new position in January 2015.
  • Kelly Harmon (July 2013/Model 3-Central) was just appointed as Supervisor for Curriculum for the Monmouth County Vocational School District.  She assumed the position in December 2014.
  • Monica Poland (July 2012/Model 3-South) was recently appointed as Assistant Principal of the Foster Early Childhood Center in Bridgeton, NJ.  She assumed the position in October 2014.

Congratulations and best wishes!

 

 

 

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Candidate Accomplishments

Congratulations to the following NJ-EXCEL candidates who have qualified for NJ Supervisor Certification from May 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017.

Schiller Ambroise, Jennifer Aschettino, Gizell Aydin, Marie Battist-Celestin, Jennifer Carcich, Theresa Craig, Nicholas DeBlasio, Evelina Despaigne, Jennifer DiDomenico, Lisa Erny, Christpher Gabbai, Carmine Genovese, Thomas Hudak, Angela Hvizda, Christa Lagatic, Sheena Lall, Michael Luterzo, Nicole Marino, Brian Mirfield, Cheryl Mountain, Nadine Murray, Althia Muse, Rita Naviello, Anja Norman, Javier Persad, Alison Petaccia, Reginald Quinerly, Noha Saleh,   Sarah Sauvigne, Charleen Schwartzman, Sukhpreet Singh, Nora Smaldore,   Kelley Spiegel, Edward Stroh,  Christopher Tatro, Jennifer Varano, Peter Vilardi, Matthew Volz

Congratulations to the following NJ-EXCEL candidates who have qualified for NJ Director of School Counseling Services from May 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017:

Lauren Fornal, Melissa Greiner

Congratulations to the following NJ-EXCEL candidates who have qualified for NJ Certificate of Eligibility for Principal  from May 1, 2017 through October  31, 2017:

Michael Appelgren, Christine Bacolas, Lisa Baran, Marie Battist-Celestin, Celeste Bonura, Valerie Bowers,      Jamie Brown, Dawn Brzozowski, Rosemarie Cataldo, Charita Cooper, Ryan Davis, Michelle Delaney,         Kathleen Derillo, Jean Dortissant, Madelyn Dullea,  Rachel Erdman, Lisa Erny, Richard Flemming, Lauren Fornal, Kristy Friedman, Brian Gere, Denise Glenn, Tania Goncalves, Melissa Greiner, Erica Hartman, Laura Heimlich,  Lara Hilaman, Brett Hockenjos, Benjamin Howroyd, Heather Johnson, Daniel Krankel, Christa Lagatic,         Sheena Lall, Jessica Leo, Gerald Lyons, Michael Luterzo, Gabriel Maffei, Mala Maharana,                                Megan McCabe, Amanda Milhomens, Christine Moran, Jeanne Muzi, Rita Naviello, Antoinette Nicholasi,       Holly Niemiec, Angela Ottomanelli, Javier Persad, Alison Petaccia, Kelly Pike, Vicky Pilitsis, Diane Powell,   Leslie Puente-Ervin,   Dr. Daniela Riser, Gerard Roberto, Lisa Rowbotham, JoAnn Rytel, Sherry Sassine,         Sarah Sauvigne, Christine Sce, Grace Seaman, Richard Scherer, Ileana Sing, Nora Smaldore, Margot Todman-Mack, Jennifer Varano

Congratulations to the following NJ-EXCEL candidates who have qualified for NJ Certificate of Eligibility for Chief School Administrator  from May 1, 2017 through October  31, 2017:

Kimberly Ayes, Patricia Calandro, Lucille Dempsey, Michael D'Ostilio, Karin Farkas, Mayreni Fermin,            David Fowler,  Evelyn Mamman, Sean Meehan, Jonathan Olsen, Vanessa Pellington, Francis Romano, Jr.,      Daniel Ross, Jennifer Sowa, Melanie Stewart

 

 

 

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NJ EXCEL Models

All NJ EXCEL Models can earn graduate credit approved through Thomas Edison State University.

NJ EXCEL Model #1
For practicing supervisors with 4+ years of supervisory experience — Required instructional seminars plus minimum 300 hours of field-based experiences, projects, and internships (12 months tuition = $8,550.00 - not including books or ASCD membership)
Certifications: Principal, Director of School Counseling Services*
NJ EXCEL Model #2
For teachers and educational specialists with supervisor certification and practicing supervisors with less than 5 years of supervisory experience — Required instructional seminars plus minimum 300 hours of field-based experiences, projects, and internships (12-15 months tuition = $9,550.00 - not including books)
Certifications: Principal, Director of School Counseling Services*
NJ EXCEL Model #3
For teachers and educational specialists with at least 4 years of full-time educational experience — Required instructional seminars plus minimum 300 hours of field-based experiences, projects, and internships (18 months Tuition = $12,300.00 - not including books)
Certifications: Supervisor, Principal, Director of School Counseling Services*
NJ EXCEL Model #4
For individuals who have completed or are enrolled in a State-approved post-graduate program in educational leadership, and/or hold a Certificate of Eligibility for Principal or Standard Principal Certification — Field-based experiences including a 150-hour school administrator internship (Approximately 12 months Tuition = $3,150) - if individual has passed the SSA exam then (Tuition = $2,800). NOTE:  NJ-EXCEL alumni tuition is $2,500.00.
Certifications: School Administrator Certification
NJ EXCEL Model #5
For those Candidates who only need the 300 hr School Based Internship for the Principal CE as determined in a written transcript evaluation by the NJ Department of Education. Tuition is $2,500. Mentoring fees are included. 
* NOTE: Eligibility for Director of School Counseling Services certification requires 3 years of fulltime guidance counselor experience

Locations

NJ EXCEL is offered at southern, northern, and central New Jersey sites:  South - Timber Creek High School (Gloucester Township), North - Parsippany Troy Hills (Morris County) and Central - NJPSA, Monroe Township (Middlesex County).