MONROE, NJ - Dr. Michael Vinella of East Brunswick High School has been named "Visionary Leader of the Year" as a Secondary Level Principal by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. (NJPSA) The award comes at a time of challenge for all educators nationwide, requiring fastidious yet also creative management by school administrators.
This fall, Dr. Vinella was also asked to serve on New Jersey's statewide Anti-Bullying Taskforce by Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak.
"Dr. Vinella has connected his school vision with the district vision. His team was well-prepared for the launch into digital learning environment. He got the staff ready well before we knew that a thing like this pandemic was even thinkable. His planning made for an easy transition for both students and teachers. On hte educaitonal side, it was seamless. We all congratulate him on his accomplishment," said Superintendent Victor Valeski.
Christian Paskalides, Principal of Middle Township Elementary School #1, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Elementary Level Principal; Michael Vinella, Ph.D., Principal of East Brunswick High School, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Secondary Level Principal; Dena Russo, Assistant Principal of Red Bank Primary School, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Secondary Level Assistant Principal; and Maria Fabian, Supervisor of Language Arts Literacy for Elizabeth Public Schools, was named Visionary Leader of the Year, Supervisor/Director. Each will receive his/her award during the NJPSA/FEA/NJASCD Fall Conference in October.
"As Principal of East Brunswick High School, Mike Vinella ensured that every student and staff member was provided with a Lenovo ThinkPad and every teacher developed an online classroom using Canvas. They also expanded their relationship with Middlesex County College through the Pathways Program. This has allowed hundreds of students to take college level courses at EBHS and MCC with a savings to parents of over $1 Million. Students are able to graduate from EBHS with an associate degree or simply a handful of college credits. Also, through the help of an East Brunswick Education Foundation grant, the multiple disabilities program was able to open a school store run by MD and LLD students with the collaboration of our FBLA and NHS students," says a report issued by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association.