BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With 20 years already in the district, William Ferry was named the new principal of Hillside Intermediate School.

Ferry, who currently serves as the curriculum and instruction supervisor for social studies in grades seven through 12, will replace current principal Terry Pennington, who is retiring.

“The Bridgewater-Raritan School District has had, and continues to have, a great reputation for quality education,” Ferry said. “It is a premier district. I have stayed here because of the following, supportive community, wonderful students, quality staff and a students first mentality.”

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Ferry has a bachelors degree from King’s College, a Master’s degree from Marygrove College, his supervisor’s certification from Rutgers University and a principals certification from Kean University.

“I remember as a high school student observing my teachers and saying to myself, ‘this is what I want to do,’” he said. “I have always had a passion for history and quickly realized, through student teaching, that developing creative lessons and being in front of a classroom was my forte.”

After college, Ferry started his career teaching social studies and language arts at St. Joseph the Carpenter School in Roselle, and then social studies for five years at Pompton Lakes High School in Pompton Lakes. He then came to Bridgewater-Raritan, where he taught for 11 years before becoming supervisor.

And now, Ferry said, he decided that he can lead Hillside into the future.

“I have worked 17 years directly with students in the classroom,” he said. “I have worked directly with teachers for the past nine years. I have served two terms on the board of education in Lambertville. After a total of 26 years in education, I believe that I have the experience and drive necessary to lead Hillside School into the future.”

Ferry said he believes he can make a difference.

“I am more than ready for this next phase in my educational career, and am confident that I can make a greater positive impact as a principal on the students of Hillside School,” he said.

And as a principal, Ferry said, he is excited for the interactions he will have with the students themselves.

“I am very excited about working, once again, directly with students, and having a greater positive impact on the overall educational experience,” he said.