KENILWORTH, NJ – The Kenilworth Board of Education has appointed Dana Chibbaro as the new principal of David Brearley High School/Middle School.

Chibbaro has worked in education for more than 20 years and was most recently an assistant principal at Tom’s River High School South.

Prior to working in Tom’s River, she worked as an assistant principal in Keansburg, was senior content director for Newark Public Schools, owned and operated a Goddard school and was a high school teacher and department chair at Point Pleasant Borough High School.

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“As the new principal it will be my mission to motivate, inspire, and propel every member of our school family to continually excel,” Chibbaro said. “David Brearley Middle/High School is bursting with great potential to exceed expectations and produce learners and leaders who refuse to accept failure as an option. I am looking forward to getting to know every student and their families.”

Chibbaro will start in Kenilworth around mid-August, after finishing her obligations in Tom’s River. She aims to improve student achievement at Brearley while fostering a warm and welcoming environment.

“These priorities derive from the core values that drive my work as an educational leader,” Chibbaro said. “Those values are grounded in what is best for students. I believe in providing them with what they need when they need it. I hold firm to the idea that academic talent will flourish when students feel socially and emotionally safe.  Most importantly, I recognize that collaboration is key to success.  The collective wisdom of various stakeholders, supported by individual and specific contributions, is critical in moving the work forward.  To that end, I will be focusing on building relationships with staff, students, and families in order to guide our shared work with students.”

Chibbaro was selected from more than 90 applicants after a series of interviews with teachers, administration, students, parents, the Board Personnel committee and superintendent Dr. Thomas Tramaglini.

“I welcome her to Kenilworth and wish her the best of luck as the principal of David Brearley,” Tramaglini said.

Chibbaro said she is excited to start and looks forward to joining Kenilworth in its journey.

“I love working with young people and I learn so much from them,” she said. “I think they keep me young. I get to play a role in molding young minds and fostering young leaders.  Working with students, teachers, parents is my passion and I feel truly blessed to be able to do what I do. I can't imagine wanting to do anything else.”