2017 Visionary Leadership Awards
Tammy Bowling Jenkins, Ed.D., principal of Sunnymead Elementary School in Hillsborough, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Elementary Level Principal;
John Farinella, J.D., principal of Rahway High School, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Secondary Level Principal;
Brad Currie, vice principal in the Chester School District, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Secondary Level Assistant Principal;
Monica Carmichael, director of Early-Childhood Programming for Trenton Public Schools, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Supervisor/Director.
Each will receive his/her award at the NJPSA Fall Conference at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, NJ in October.
Read more about the 2017 winners here.
NJPSA Congratulates the 2017 Student Leadership Scholarship Recipients
The New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association congratulates the 25 graduating seniors in New Jersey who have been awarded a 2016-2017 Student Leadership Scholarship. Each Student Leadership Scholarship carries a $2,000 award for the recipient’s demonstrated leadership in school activities for participation in co-curricular activities other than athletics. Winners are selected from each of the three regions of our state – north, central, and south.
Dr. Denise King, Visionary Principal of the Year, Elementary Level, 2016
Dr. King has served as an advocate for nurturing and sustaining a culture conducive to developing the intellectual, creative and social potential for each learner at B. Bernice Young Elementary School. Dr. King is a true advocate for the underrepresented student and uses data-driven instruction to keep student achievement at the forefront of her agenda. She introduced “Fundations” in all kindergarten classrooms for phonics and phonemic awareness and provided a guided reading approach to literacy instruction within a differentiated classroom environment. Dr. King also ensures a safe and secure environment for her students and was integral in the execution of a safety and security initiative called Project Guardian. She has fostered a family atmosphere among the faculty, staff, students, and parents who universally laud her for making B. Bernice Young an outstanding school where children thrive and have fun while learning. Denise is also the New Jersey recipient of the NAESP Valic National Distinguished Principal Award.
Lenore Kingsmore, Visionary Principal of the Year, Secondary Level, 2016
As the principal at Henry Hudson Regional School, Lenore Kingsmore has worked collaboratively with students, staff, and parents to improve the climate and culture, as well as advanced placement scores, in her school. She also created a school-within-a-school for her middle school students, which has resulted in improved standardized test scores, attendance, and discipline. Last year, she introduced, into the self-contained middle school, a therapy dog who assists students who are having a difficult time emotionally or just need stress reduction.. This Golden Doodle named "Hudson" has allowed students with disabilities to improve their communication skills and behavior. This has proven to be a very positive initiative for the entire school community. Kingsmore was also instrumental in helping her community in the days and weeks following Super Storm Sandy, as Henry Hudson School was turning into a shelter housing and feeding hundreds of people who had lost their homes. Lenore is also the New Jersey recipient of the NASSP Principal of the Year Award.
Allison Staffin, Visionary Leader of the Year, Assistant Principal, 2016
Allison Staffin serves as the assistant principal of Cherry Hill High School West. She is also the Title I coordinator, promoting the achievements of students deemed at-promise for improved performance on high stakes tests in math and English and encouraging parental and community involvement. She has created cross-content professional learning communities and mandatory peer observation protocols for collaboration, allowing staff to explore the commonalities between practices and the ability to instruct students using a common vocabulary. She has spent her entire career in Cherry Hill, first as a student teacher, then as a teacher, and now as assistant principal. She successfully implemented a plan to close the Achievement Gap and to get Cherry Hill West off of the "School-in-Need-of-Improvement" list. Allison is also the New Jersey recipient of the NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year Award.
Timothy Craig, Visionary Leader of the Year, Supervisor/Director, 2016
Tim Craig, Director of Fine and Performing Arts and Business Education for the Bayonne Public Schools, creates, builds, and develops meaningful arts educational opportunities for his students. He finds creative and cost-effective ways to ensure that the students of Bayonne have equitable access to learning opportunities in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts, regardless of economic status. He developed the Academy for Fine and Performing Arts and Academics to provide career track options for students in STEM, the Humanities, and the Fine and Performing Arts. His students develop close bonds in the academy as they work together to develop their crafts and prepare for their futures.
2015 Visionary Leadership Awards
Emil Carafa, Visionary Principal of the Year, Elementary Level, 2015
In addition to his duties as principal at Washington School, Emil Carafa has been a leader in the educational community, serving as a board member and immediate past president of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA). In addition, he served on the Educator Leaders’ Cadre for Common Core and PARCC, which helped him turnkey transitions that had to be made in order to change instruction. An instructional leader who spends a great deal of time in the classrooms, Emil focuses on the culture and climate of his school to ensure that parents, teachers and students are involved in the conversation to bring the necessary changes to improve student achievement.
Deidre Ortiz, Visionary Principal of the Year, Secondary Level, 2015
As the principal at Quibbletown Middle School, Deidre Ortiz instituted a new period into the school schedule call WIN (What I Need). During this time, students who need extra academic support during the day can create and execute learning plans for themselves. Teachers can use this time to meet with students who are experiencing difficulty in a particular area, and then develop a learning plan in consultation with school counselors, parents, teachers and students. Following the implementation of WIN, the 2012-2013 New Jersey School Performance Report rated Quibbletown as “high when compared to schools across the state.” Quibbletown has also significantly narrowed the achievement gap over the past several years.
Milissa Dachisen, Visionary Leader of the Year, Assistant Principal, 2015
Milissa Dachisen serves as the vice principal and director of special services at Oxford Central School in Oxford. Milissa has spearheaded two campaigns to raise awareness for Autism and Down Syndrome, which led to the Oxford School being recognized as a National School of Character and receiving many other awards. Beginning by helping the students understand the challenges of those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the initiative expanded into an event called “All Together for Autism,” attended by hundreds of Warren County residents to raise money for Autism Speaks and Autism NJ. She was then able to bring in the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program and initiate a new schoolwide program to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness.
Traci Shaw, Visionary Leader of the Year, Supervisor/Director, 2015
Since joining Freehold Township in 2008, Traci Shaw has led the effort to build and sustain a vibrant, flourishing professional culture and climate at the Catena School, which was recognized in 2011 as a National School of Character and in 2012 with the Promising Practices designation for addressing character education. Traci is responsible for providing high-quality professional development to Freehold teachers, which has positively impacted the education of thousands of students through her work pertaining to instructional best practices. She is also dedicated to building morale among the staff by steadily working with all staff members to keep spirits strong and ready for new and upcoming challenges.