Our staff person of the month is Mr. Michael West, our new principal. We are excited and honored to have Mr. West as our new leader. Mr. West has already begun to leave his imprint with his vision, transparency, initiatives to bring our school new heights. His qualifications are impressive including his undergraduate degree from University of Montana, a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University, a Graduate Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Hunter College- City University New York (CUNY), New York.
Additionally, he holds an Education Leadership Certificate from Columbia University-Teachers College, New York. His work experience is vast which includes serving as an AmeriCorps member working as a tutor and mentor for impoverished youth in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, Mr. West became an educator in 1996; first as a site supervisor coordinating degree programs and later as a curriculum research and development specialist for the Dean of Instruction at Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona. Later, he worked as a social studies teacher, mentor, advisor and coach at the middle school and high school level in Pasadena, California and Newark, New Jersey.
For the past twelve years, Mr. West has served as Vice Principal at East Side High School where he has served as an administrator for innovative and community programs which includes the IB program, Rutgers University Newark College preparatory program and the Essex County College Early College program. These programs provide opportunities for urban students for career and college readiness, he coordinated the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, Rutgers University- Newark College Preparatory Program, Essex County College (ECC) and a host of other programs that provide opportunities for our students here at East Side.
Mr. West is a native of Butte, Montana and has lived in New Jersey with his wife Elizabeth Cardoso, who was born and raised in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, they have one daughter.
So, congratulations to our Staff Person of the month and we welcome Mr. Michael West as our new principal.