July 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM
SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Public School District has named Janice Tierney to the role of Principal for Wilson and Jefferson Primary Centers. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nathan Parker, she was approved by the Board of Education and will join the district in mid- August.
Tierney will replace Felix Gil, Principal of the Primary Centers since 2008, when he moves to his new role as Franklin Elementary Principal, upon the retirement of Dr. Sheila Cole on October 1st.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Tierney to our Summit family,” said Dr. Nathan Parker. “She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of early childhood learning and development. We are pleased for her to continue the good work done by Mr. Gil over the past six years.”
Since January 2013, Tierney has been principal of Memorial School (Pre-K to second grade) in Emerson, NJ. There, she led more than 300 students and a staff of 23. She was responsible for the implementation of academic curriculum, scheduling, special education, security, and budget while maintaining a positive presence within the school and community at large. She also served as Emerson’s District ESL Coordinator.
Prior to her role in Emerson, from 2002 to 2012, Tierney worked for the Livingston Board of Education. She was a Preschool Disabilities Teacher, and then a Kindergarten teacher while in Livingston. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she served in various roles within the district, including Assistant to the Principal at Burnet Hill Elementary School, District Curriculum and Assessment Writer, Assistant to the Building NJASK Testing Coordinator, and District Faculty Representative for the Special Education Parent Advisory Council.
She began her teaching career in 1999 as a Preschool Disabilities Teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in Budd Lake, NJ. For nearly 20 years prior, Tierney was a Human Resources professional. She worked with clients such as NJ Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Macy’s before opening her own firm, The Tierney Group, which operated out of Roseland and Fairfield, NJ.
Tierney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kean University and a Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration from Caldwell College. She lives in Roseland with her husband, Michael, a physical education teacher in the Bloomfield Schools and the Men's Assistant Basketball Coach at Montclair State University. They have two children and a Golden Retriever.