April 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM
SPARTA, NJ-National Association of Secondary School Principals, in conjunction with the United States Senate, have declared March 31-April 4 2014 as National Assistant Principals Week. This week is intended to recognize and honor the many varied contributions that assistant principals make in order to help our students and our school be as successful as possible. Sparta High School would like to honor the assistant principals Janet Ferraro and Steven Stoner for their efforts in making Sparta High School a highly successful, state recognized school.
Beginning as a Physical Education and Health teacher at Sparta High School in September 1987, Ferraro has dedicated her career to the students of the Sparta School District. Through the years, Ferraro worked in many different capacities outside of the classroom to assist the students of the high school. She has coached Varsity Soccer, Field Hockey, and Basketball. During her tenure at Sparta High School she has also advised many clubs and activities, has overseen events, dances and student fundraisers and chaperons the prom.
Ferraro made the jump to assistant principal in July of 2010, immediately having a positive impact on the students and the staff. Ferraro is noted for her strong communication skills and her valuable insight. Over the past 28 years, there are few educators in the district that exemplify Spartan Pride as much as she.
Beginning his educational career as a social studies teacher in the Mt. Olive School District, Stoner also coached soccer and basketball. He advised student groups such as student government and chaperoned everything from student dances to the annual Washington DC overnight field trip.
Stoner left the Mt. Olive School District to become an assistant principal in the Pocono Mountain School District, working in East Stroudsburg West High School. Having grown up in Hopatcong, when he learned of an opportunity to return to Sussex County, he left Pocono Mountain to become an assistant principal at Sparta High School. Over the past eight years, Stoner has had a positive impact on the lives of students and staff of Sparta High School. He can be counted on to be level headed and students often seek him out for advice.
Principal Daniel Johnson said, "Often, the position of assistant principal is looked upon only as the disciplinarians of the school. This role, at times, can make them unpopular with the student body and can cloud everything else that they do on a daily basis. Ferraro and Stoner, however, play an active role in the school and continue to work to positively influence the everyday culture of the building. They are not seen simply as disciplinarians. They are seen by the students, staff, and community as excellent educators. We thank them for their dedication to the students of the Sparta School District."