BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Hector Montes as been named the interim principal for the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School.

Montes, according to a release, has 17 years of administrative experience from different levels and systems of education.

Montes spent five years at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools' Woodbridge Campus, assisting in the transition of their Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences.

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"They allow students to either go into a career and/or pursue higher education after high school," he said in the release, "the best of both worlds."

Montes also served as the principal at the New Roberto Clemente Middle School, in Paterson, and was presented the Middle Level Administrator of the Year Award by the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education. He was selected, the release said, because of his effective leadership exemplifying the tenets of middle level education, creating a positive school climate and culture and inspiring students and staff.

"My passion for helping youth and teachers succeed has always been at the forefront," he said in the release. "I try to think like a teacher, anticipating the resources they need and the challenges they may face. Collaboratively, we will work on solutions to problems, achieving success for all."

For more information on this story, please contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169, or