BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Two elementary school administrators were hired Monday night by the Bernards Township Board of Education.
Holly Foley will be the new principal at Oak Street School. She will come aboard on July 1 and will have two months of overlap time with longtime principal Jane Costa, who retires effective Aug. 31.
Pamela Lawrence was appointed the assistant principal at Liberty Corner School, where she has worked as a reading specialist for the past eight years. She started her career in the Livingston school district as an elementary school teacher.
Lawrence replaces Jenna Hawkswell, who has left for a job as principal of Washington Elementary School in the Caldwell-West Caldwell district.
Foley, who will be paid $144,427 per year, comes to Bernards from Millburn, where she is the K-12 curriculum supervisor, a role she previously held in the North Arlington school district, according to Assistant Superintendent Sean Siet. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher at both the elementary and middle school level for almost 25 years.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Franklin and Marshall and a master’s degree in educational administration from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is currently working under a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing, which means she will be mentored as all new building administrators are in order to earn their standard certification, Siet said.
Lawrence, who was hired at a salary of $92,500 a year, has completed a Master of Education degree as a reading specialist (Teachers College at Columbia University) and a Master of Education in educational leadership from Montclair State University.