Principal Bios

Principal Bios

 

Barringer “A” High School(S.T.E.A.M. Academy) – Wayne Dennis
Barringer “B” High School (Arts & Humanities Academy) – Muhammad Bilal

Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School – Ginamarie Mignone

Elliott Street School – Nicole Johnson

Fast Track Success Academy – Mark Comesañas

Girls Academy of Newark – Kimberly White

Madison Elementary – Armando Cepero

Newark Vocational High School – Jermaine Kamau

Oliver Street School – Douglas Petty

Ridge Street Elementary School – David DeOliveira

Technology High School – Edwin Reyes

Thirteenth Avenue – Viveca Williams

University High School – Regina Sharpe

Weequahic High School – Faheem Ellis

West Side High School – Arlene Manning


 

 

 

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Barringer “A” High School (S.T.E.A.M Academy)
Wayne Dennis, Interim Principal
Mr. Dennis has served in a variety of roles for a number of educational organizations, with more than ten years of professional experience.  Mr. Dennis most recently served as the Principal at P.J. Hill Elementary School in Trenton Public Schools since 2011.  Mr. Dennis served as a Vice-Principal in the same school for 7 years.  Mr. Dennis was also a Vice-Principal at Holland Middle School for one year.  Before that Mr. Dennis was a Vice Principal at Broadway Elementary School in Newark Public Schools from 2001 to 2003.


Barringer “B” High School (Arts & Humanities Academy)
Muhammad Bilal


Mr. Bilal was is an international educator who has worked as a literacy coach, data analyst and teacher in Johannesburg, South Africa and Rio Dejaneiro, Brasil. He too has worked as an educator in Chicago Public Schools; prior to spending over a decade serving in various positions within the New York City Department of Education.

As urban educator in New York City, Mr. Bilal worked as a Dean of Students and School Culture, a teacher mentor, data analyst, and as a academic coach with an established track record for increasing school-wide student achievement, improving the quality of teacher instruction, and working with various stakeholders to establish a safe and academically driven school culture.

Mr. Bilal earned a Master of Education in Secondary Teaching and Learning from DePaul University, a Master of Science in School Administration & Supervision from Touro College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science, with a minor in United States history (also from DePaul University).


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Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School
Ginamarie Mignone, Interim Principal

Ms. Mignone has been a Vice-Principal in Newark Public Schools since 2006, serving at Quitman St, Burnet St, and most recently, First Ave.   Ms. Mignone has also been a Summer School Principal in Newark Public Schools.  She started her education career as a Literacy Facilitator at Burnet St in 2005. 


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Elliott Street School
Nicole Johnson, Interim Principal

Ms. Johnson has over seventeen years in education.  She first taught in Ewing at the Marie Katzenback School for the Deaf for three years.  She joined Newark Public Schools in 1998 at the Bruce Street School for the Deaf for seven years. She worked for five years in two central office roles focused on literacy and special education literacy resources. In 2010, she joined the Elliot Street School as a Vice-Principal.

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Fast Track Success Academy
Mark Comesañas, Interim Principal


Newark Vocational High School
Jermaine Kamau, Interim Principal

Mr. Kamau has been a Vice Principal in Trenton Public Schools since 2003, serving in elementary, middle and high schools. Mr. Kamau was also a Technology Facilitator for one year in 2002. He started his educational career as a teacher in Trenton in 1998.

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Mr. Petty is returning to Ridge St, where he served as a middle school special education, math, and ELA teacher for seven years.  Most recently, he was a Vice-Principal at Olver St for the past year.  He first taught in West Orange at Mt. Carmel Guild Academy for three years.  

 

Mr. Petty earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University and an MA in Teaching and a BA in Psychology at Montclair State University.   He also received additional school leadership training through the Newark Public Schools Leadership Pipeline Program and the Grow Your Own Administrator program.


 

 

Ridge Street Elementary School
David DeOliveira, Interim Principal

Mr. DeOliveira first served in Newark Public Schools in 2003 at Ridge St. Elementary School where he taught math and was a math coach coordinator.  In 2011, he became a Vice-Principal at McKinley Elementary School.  Before that he taught for two years at Union Catholic Regional High School.

Mr. DeOliveira earned a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from St. Peter’s College and a BA in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University.  He also received additional school leadership training through the Newark Public Schools Leadership Pipeline Program and Aspiring Leaders Program.

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Technology High School
Edwin Reyes, Interim Principal

Mr. Reyes has been in education since 1997, teaching at Passaic Middle School for four years.  He first served in Newark Public Schools in 2001 at Barringer High School as a teacher for three years.  He was also a Department Chair of Health and Physical Education at East Side High School from 2004 to 2006.  He joined the Technology High School community as a Vice Principal in 2006 before taking on an Acting Principal role in January 2013.

Mr. Reyes earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kean University and a BS in Health and Physical Education from Montclair State University.  Mr. Reyes is a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American Association of School Administrators, and a Founder of Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity.

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Thirteenth Avenue
Viveca Williams, Interim Principal

Ms. Williams served as the school’s Chief Innovation Officer at Thirteenth Avenue in September 2012 before taking on an Acting Principal role in January 2013.  Before that, Ms. Williams served as a Special Education Teacher in Englewood Public Schools since 2005.  She had various additional roles at Englewood, including Site Coordinator of the After School Program and the Extended Day Academic Program.


University High School
Regina Sharpe, Interim Principal

Ms. Sharpe has served in the Newark Public Schools since 1996.  She taught math and science for five years before taking on a Vice-Principal role at Thirteenth Ave for two year. Since 2003, she has been a member of the University High School community, serving as a Vice-Principal before taking on the Principal role.

Ms. Sharpe earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision from St. Peter’s College and a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University.


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Weequahic High School
Faheem Ellis, Interim Principal

Mr. Ellis has over eleven years in education.  A Weequahic High School alumnus, he first taught as a physical education teacher at Weequahic High School starting in 2001, then became a Dean of Students from 2006 to 2007.  He then served as an Athletic Director, and most recently, as a Vice-Principal, at Malcolm X Shabazz High School.   He was also a Summer School principal in summer 2013 at Science Park High School.  

 

Mr. Ellis earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Kean University and a BS in Physical Education and Health from Florida Memorial University.  He is a member of the Big Brother Big Sisters of America, the National Association of Secondary School Principals), a head coach for Jackie Robinson Pop Warner, and a board member of Leaders for Life, Inc.

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West Side High School
Arlene Manning, Interim Principal

Ms. Manning comes to Newark from a role as  Assistant Principal of Instruction for Towers High School in Decatur, GA.  Previously, she worked as a coach for the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL). She taught high school math for 13 years starting in 1992. In between her teaching experiences, she was a manufacturing supervisor for various companies for five years.

 

Ms. Manning earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration from National Louis University and a BS in Mathematics from Old Dominion University.  She received additional school leadership training through New Leaders in 2010, a national nonprofit that prepares educators to become Principals in urban public schools.  Ms. Manning is also a Certified Mathematics Teacher.

 

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