Ms. Carolyn Garcia is a proud graduate of Montclair State University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Family and Child Studies in 2013. She then continued her education at Montclair State University, where she received a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2022.
Ms. Garcia comes to the Newark Board of Education with a substantial quantity of experience in the role of providing support to both students and staff members. She began her teaching career at Newark's Robert Treat Academy School in 2013, where she taught mathematics to students in the second and fifth grades. Later, she joined the Newark Board of Education in 2015 as a sixth-grade math teacher at Abington Avenue School, and the following year, she looped with her students to teach seventh-grade math. In 2018, she was named Teacher of the Year at Abington Avenue School and received the Excellence in Inclusive Education Award from the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education.
Ultimately, Ms. Garcia developed a passion for supporting instruction in settings other than her own classroom, and in 2019, she served as a teacher coach at Abington Avenue School. During her tenure, she led various extracurricular activities, including Cheerleading, Chess, Claymation, and Medical Detectives. While working at the Newark Board of Education, she was an enthusiastic mentor to new teachers, coordinator for the Saturday Institute Program, and a curriculum writer for the after-school math program. Ms. Garcia's most recent position was as a math instructional coach for the Office of STEM-Focused Learning in Orange, New Jersey. There, she coordinated numerous professional development opportunities for staff and collaborated with teachers to enhance math instruction and improve student achievement.
She is thrilled to return to the Newark Board of Education as the Vice Principal at Abington Avenue School, where she will utilize her expertise in curriculum design, professional development, and instructional strategies to maximize learning outcomes for all students!
Manjari Kapoor is joining us as the Vice Principal of Abington Avenue school. Prior to being the Vice Principal, she has over 15 years of diverse experience spanning across classroom teaching, Instructional coaching, and Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction. She received her Master of Arts in Administration & Supervision from Georgian Court University.
Her philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. She also believes that education should empower a child to make a positive contribution to our world.
Mrs. Kapoor is looking forward to focus on character education and fostering a nurturing and safe environment to increase student achievement.
Ms. Amy Uhlik is thrilled to be the new addition to the Abington Avenue School administrative team. As Vice Principal, Ms. Amy Uhlik will be overseeing various teachers who service grades preK-8. Ms. Uhlik graduated from Kean University with a BA in Elementary Education, and received her MA in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. She holds an elementary education, middle school ELA, supervision, school principal, and superintendent certification. Ms. Uhlik has been an educator in Newark for 15 years and started her career at Rafael Hernandez School where she taught middle school ELA. She has been a member of the Abington Avenue family for the last 7 years and has taught fifth grade ELA and was a teacher coach prior to becoming a vice principal. Ms. Uhlik has received the Exemplary Secondary Educator Award in 2015 and was recognized as Educator of the Year in 2016. Ms. Uhlik is excited to continue her next adventure in education – in service of the students, families, teachers and staff at Abington Avenue School!