RARITAN TWP., NJ - Kari McGann has been named the new superintendent for the Flemington-Raritan School District.
The school board approved McGann's appointment yesterday. She'll officially begin the job July 1.
“We are thrilled to have Ms. McGann join our team,” said board President Tim Bart in a press release. “She is a strong collaborative leader with experience in championing superior educational opportunities for diverse student populations.”
An educator for more than 25 years, McGann has been Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Delran Township School District since 2016, overseeing K-12 curriculum and instruction. She previously served as the Supervisor of Humanities in Readington Township School District; Supervisor of Language Arts and Social Studies in Montgomery Township Schools; a gifted education specialist; and an elementary teacher.
McGann is currently the lead for one of New Jersey’s four STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) ecosystems. Her work supports pathways to further science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning, ensuring that all students have access to high-quality STEM opportunities. She collaborates with many partners in higher-education, industry, local and state legislature, and community members to focus on STEM opportunities.
An advocate for excellence in public education, McGann is a national speaker, most recently at the U.S. News and World Report in Washington, D.C. with Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker from Legislative District 16, which includes Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties. She was also named a K-12 Chinese Bridge Delegate with the College Board for collaboration between China and the United States in 2015.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from the University of West Florida, McGann received a master’s degree in the Science of Management from Troy State University, in Alabama. She later received her certificate in educational leadership for aspiring principals and a certificate for curriculum supervision from The College of New Jersey. Beginning in July last year, McGann enrolled in Rider University’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership. The program involves two years of coursework and a year of dissertation research and analysis. McGann is researching the impact of STEM opportunities created for students on New Jersey’s workforce gap in STEM.
McGann and her husband, Joseph, live in Lawrenceville with their four children. Three of her children attend Lawrenceville Public Schools and one attends James Madison University, in Virginia.