Sandy Heintz is the Vice Principal at Abington, serving grades PK – grade 4 and overseeing mathematics school wide. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BS in education, and holds both mathematics and reading specialist certifications in her home state of Texas. She has taught most grades from PK – 7 in both Texas and New Jersey. She completed her MS in Educational Leadership from Fordham University in New York City and has completed other graduate work in Social Work, Education, and Math Leadership from Columbia University, Bank Street College, and Mt. Holyoke College. Ms. Heintz has been recognized at the District, County, and State level for outstanding teaching and educational leadership. In recent years, she has received the William A. Cuff Memorial Award for contributions to the field of education, the Ercell I. Watson Memorial Award for contributions to the field of education, and the Allan Morehead Memorial Award for exceptional influence on the lives of students.
A particular quote from the philosopher Plato regarding the role of the teacher has always spoken to Ms. Heintz, as it describes the importance of gently guiding students to uncover each child’s individual genius. She genuinely believes that it is the sacred mission of each educator to unlock what will make learning happen for individuals and that the method will only work if accomplished gently, respectfully, and knowledgeably.
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” - Plato
Ms. Heintz is honored to work with Abington’s children, families, and staff.
Vice Principal Alejandro Echevarria has worked for Newark Public Schools for 21 years as an elementary teacher, science teacher, vice principal and principal. Vice Principal Echevarria is a product of the Newark Public Schools as a Newark native having attended Roberto Clemente Elementary School, Broadway Junior High School, and Science High School. He has been a vice principal at Abington Avenue School for the past four years. Prior to this, he served as principal at Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School.
Vice Principal Echevarria supervises all of the bilingual, ESL, and special activity teachers at Abington Avenue School. He also supervises the student support team, child study team, and facilities team at Abington. During the 2017-2018 school year, he was elected as the Chief Innovation Officer representative on the City Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA). He also serves as the president of the Latino Educators Association. Mr. Echevarria is proud to have his two children attend Abington avenue school. This year his son Alejandro is going to fourth grade and his daughter Mariela is going to the seventh grade.
Vice Principal Echevarria holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City and received his undergraduate degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Mr. Echevarria is a firm believer that if we don’t stand up for children, then you don’t stand for much.
Ms. Michelle Padilla is very excited to be the new addition to the Abington Avenue School administrative team. As Vice Principal, Ms. Padilla will be overseeing Special Education, English Language Arts and New Teacher induction school wide. Ms. Padilla graduated from Seton Hall University with a BA in communications, and received her MA in Educational Leadership from St. Peter’s University. She holds certifications in elementary education, middle school ELA and administration and supervision. Ms. Padilla started her career in education over 13 years ago at Rafael Hernandez School and 6 years ago, her vast experience in education and commitment to students, led her to the position of 7th grade ELA teacher here, at Abington Ave. School. Ms. Padilla has been recognized for outstanding teaching on numerous occasions and was a teacher coach for many years before becoming vice principal. As a child, Ms. Padilla attended a Newark based elementary school and later went on to a Newark based high school. As a product of Newark, she has always been passionate about her work with Newark students, teachers, staff, family members and community members alike. She stands strong in the belief that it takes a village to raise a child.
In addition to being bilingual, Ms. Padilla is proud to serve as secretary of the Latino Educators Association.