BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Crim Primary School will be getting a new principal come the summer.
The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education unanimously approved a recommendation by Superintendent Russell Lazovick o accept Kelliann TenKate as Crim’s new principal, effective July 1. She will succeed longtime Crim principal Marge Kerr, who has held the position since 2003 and will be retiring at the end of this year.
“We had over 80 applications,” Lazovick said.
A graduate of The College of New Jersey, where she earned her master’s degree, TenKate previously worked at Eisenhower Intermediate School and taught sixth grade mathematics.
“She’s incredibly personable,” said Lazovick, “and a problem solver.”
TenKate’s annual salary as Crim principal will be $138,000.
“We look forward to having you,” said school board president Jill Gladstone to TenKate after the board voted, 7-0, to accept Lazovick’s recommendation.
TenKate extended her thanks to the board and the administration.
“I’m excited to be here, and to be part of the Bridgewater-Raritan district,” said TenKate, who has two daughters and has also served as a teacher and special education supervisor in the Flemington school district.
She added that she is confident in her educational experience, and believed that her career track in going from a teacher to vice principal to principal would serve her well in her new job.
“I look forward to meeting and working with everyone for the students,” said TenKate. “I’m humbled by the honor, and to come back home.”