Tewksbury Township Board of Eis delighted to announce that it has unanimously chosen Monica Rowland as its next Superintendent of Schools. Rowland is presently a Principal in Frankford Township, a PreK-8 district with approximately 570 students. From 2004-2008 she served as assistant principal in neighboring Lafayette Township and from 2000-2004 she was the Curriculum Coordinator in both Lafayette and Frankford as part of a shared service agreement.
Rowland is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University. She possesses an M.A. in Educational Leadership from New Jersey City University and a B.S. in biology from Erskine College in South Carolina. Before embarking on her administrative career, Rowland taught high school science for eight years in Sparta. In addition to her school-based experience, Rowland has worked extensively as a consultant in the areas of curriculum alignment and development, strategic planning and instructional technology integration. She has been very active in a variety of community organizations and served two terms on her local Board of Education.
The Board of Education conducted a rigorous search as a committee of the whole. Initial support came from Leadership Advantage, a New Jersey consultancy dedicated to recruiting chief school administrators. The process included a full day retreat dedicated to identifying desired qualities and goals, two open public forums, a written report incorporating the public feedback to guide the process, initial candidate screenings, regular review meetings, a dozen interviews, thorough reference checking and compensation benchmarking.
“We were all tremendously impressed with her depth of experience in curriculum development, improving educational standards and implementing effective assessment tools,” said Board President, Matthew Presutti, Vice President, Commercial and Public Sector Sales, of MagnaCare. “The soon to be Dr. Rowland has the complete and unified support of our Board of Education. As an administrator in a small setting, Monica has had many opportunities to stretch and expand upon her intrinsic skill set. We believe Ms. Rowland has what it takes to spearhead the many innovations and reforms to come, setting priorities and achieving the full realization of our collective vision. Please join me in welcoming Monica Rowland as Tewksbury’s next educational leader.”
The Tewksbury Township Board of Education supports Tewksbury Elementary School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence winner in 2011 and Old Turnpike School serving grades five-eight. The two schools educate more than 700 students in eastern Hunterdon County.
Tewksbury has entered the Interdistrict School Choice Program to begin in the 2013/14 academic year. Tewksbury has an active PTA and Athletic Association and benefits greatly from the generous support of the Tewksbury Education Foundation. Tewksbury is a sending district to regional Voorhees High School.