Welcome to the Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School website. It is our pleasure to share events happening at our school with all stakeholders who are helping to make a difference in the lives of approximately 810 students who are under our care. The information and activities found on our website are intended to serve as a tool for parents, students, teachers, and community members to gain greater insight into the wealth of programs being offered at our school. We also view this site as a vehicle to establish stronger communication among the school, home and community-at-large.
The Dr. William H. Horton family is working to identify and overcome areas of academic need, while continuing to support areas of academic strength. We feel that it is vital that we encourage respect for the individuality of each child. Every child has gifts and talents that must be explored and nurtured so that each child feels like a valued member of our school community. It is through collaboration and commitment that much can be accomplished. We believe in every student we teach, and we fully understand that students, staff, and community members encounter opportunities for learning everyday.
At Dr. Horton, we give hope to all who enter our doors, develop the skills our students need to achieve success, and ignite the dreams of future leaders.
Principal Marté holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University, A Master of Arts for Teachers from Rutgers University/New Brunswick and a Bachelors of Arts in Education from Long Island University. In addition to the successful two years as an elementary school vice principal at Dr. William H. Horton, he also served as a Summer Principal at both Elliot Street School and Mckinley School; both were positions that fueled his desire to impact and intentionally lead a school that services all students, especially those who have been historically underserved.
Accomplishing a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University and securing a Provisional Principal Certificate from the state was a huge success for him as an immigrant Latino. Securing a vice principal’s job in one of the most diverse school districts in the country helped him implement fifteen years of instructional, interpersonal and organizational skills. As a principal, he will be able to execute his vision of developing and sustaining a community of respect where teaching, learning and academic achievements occur alongside the safety and best interests of students.
Vice Principal, Grades: 6-8
Mrs. Lynnette Dortrait is ecstatic about joining the Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School community! She has been an educator for 14 years of which she spent 10 years teaching middle school language arts and four years as an administrator. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rider University, her master’s degree from St. Peter’s University, and is currently in her final year of completing her dissertation at St. Peter’s. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Hudson County Community College. She is the proud daughter of immigrant parents, her mother, a Cuban refugee, and her father, a migrant from Peru, were advocates of the power of education to transform lives. As a result, she has adopted the philosophy that education has great power in breaking socioeconomic barriers and providing windows of opportunities for all those who embrace it. Her favorite sports teams are the Mets and the Giants, and one of her favorite pastimes is reading on a beach. She looks forward to an exciting school year!
Vice Principal, Grades: 3-5
Ms. Ashley Jiles began her career in education teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten at Merck DayCare and substitute teaching in East Brunswick and Rahway. She first entered the Newark Public Schools as a long term substitute teacher at Oliver Street School as a first-grade teacher before taking a permanent position at Luis Munoz Marin School. At Marin, she was a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teacher of students with behavioral disabilities before becoming the Academic Interventionist and Special Education Coordinator for grades K-8. Some of Ms. Jiles’ career highlights include receiving the ‘Governor’s Educator of the Year Award’, co-writing a social justice curriculum, director of the Disney Musicals in Schools program, and leading the HBO/VICE Documentary ‘Raised in the System’. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and her Master of Education from Rutgers University. She received her second Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Montclair University. She currently serves as an Early Intervention specialist, tutor, and Director of a special needs summer camp. Ms. Jiles’ prides herself on building strong relationships with students, families, and staff and is excited to begin her journey at Dr. William H. Horton.
Vice Principal, Grades: K-2
Mrs. Sharanda Evans-Humes love of children and gift of program planning has given her the opportunity to implement and supervise several nationally and locally recognized youth programs. She has been employed by the Newark Public Schools for 22; as a teacher, facilitator, literacy coach and is currently a Vice Principal. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising Art from Seton Hall University, Master of Arts in Education: Administration & Supervision from Saint Peter’s University, Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and is completing her last two classes for a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Marriage & Family at Liberty University. She believes every child is designed for accomplishment, engineered for success and endowed with the seed of greatness and nothing inside of them was meant to fail!