HOLMDEL, NJ: Classroom renovations, schedules and curricular offerings were not the only new items that greeted students back to school in Holmdel this past week as  four new administrators joined the district team, including two Assistant Principals at Holmdel High School and district Supervisors of Humanities and Special Education.

As Holmdel High School’s new Assistant Principals, Jamie Brown and Jennifer Riggi have hit the ground running and are working closely with Principal Brian Schillaci to make sure that the school year gets off to a great start. Mr. Brown was most recently Dean of Students at Old Bridge High School where he built a highly regarded Peer Leadership program and led efforts in Social and Emotional Learning. Ms. Riggi comes to Holmdel following a successful five-year run as Supervisor of Student Affairs and Instruction at Somerville High School. At Somerville, Ms. Riggi was responsible for overseeing student discipline as well as several academic departments.

Both new Assistant Principals spoke of how the district’s strong collaboration and commitment to the success of all students was a determining factor in their decision to join the Holmdel team. Riggi described how such a partnership “positively impacts individual student growth and success.” Mr. Brown also said he was drawn to Holmdel because of the district’s “innovative vision towards the future.” 

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New Supervisor of Humanities Alicia Farese brings experience in not only Curriculum and Instruction but as an high school Assistant Principal as well. She was most recently Assistant Principal and Supervisor of several departments at New Egypt High School. On joining the Holmdel team, Farese said, “I am looking forward to all the growth that is taking place, whether that is literal building projects or innovation and expansion in our academic programs.” “A lot of exciting changes are happening and I'm eager to be part of it,” she added. 

In the newly created position of Supervisor of Special Education, Emily Wright joins the district from the South Brunswick Schools. She brings with her experience as an elementary and high school Special Education teacher and Transition Coordinator and recently serviced as the Interim Supervisor of Special Education at South Brunswick High School. Wright said she was drawn to Holmdel because of the unique programming and opportunities for students with special needs the district provides.  She said she is inspired by Holmdel's dedication to providing a cutting-edge education to all students.