LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston Public Schools (LPS) has announced the appointment of Danielle Rosenzweig, a former LPS special education teacher and current assistant principal at Livingston High School (LHS) as the new principal of LHS, effective on April 1, 2021.
Rosenzweig, who has served as an assistant principal at LHS since 2016, will assume the position in place of Mark Stern, who began a new role as LPS assistant superintendent on Jan. 1, 2021 but vowed to continue serving as acting principal until the district found the right person to fill his shoes.
“We searched far and wide and advertised and got plenty of applications; we put a committee together of teachers, parents, supervisors and students; and we did many interviews in several rounds,” said LPS Superintendent Dr. Matthew Block. “We looked everywhere; but what we found was the person who is the right person for the position was not far away at all. She was right at LHS all along.
“Her caring for students, her deep knowledge of instruction, her roots in Livingston, and at LHS, her vision for the future of LHS, her deep caring for education and for Livingston were just some of the qualities that set her far and above any of the other candidates that we interviewed…I am very excited to have Danielle's leadership at the high school, and to work closely with her for years to come.”
Stern also expressed his confidence in Rosenzweig’s appointment and praised her commitment to LHS, stating that she has been “a prominent member of the LHS community” for more than 10 years and that she “epitomizes what it means to be a Lancer.”
“Danielle is an inclusive student advocate and educational leader, who is a constant presence facilitating professional development, coordinating student events, and cheering on our teams and clubs,” said Stern. “I really believe that this is a great moment for the Lancer community…She's currently at home here at LHS, and I know that the high school will continue to grow and flourish together with Principal Rosenzweig.”
Rosenzweig began her LPS career in November 2009 as a leave replacement special education in-class support teacher, first at LHS and later at Heritage Middle School. She was hired as a full-time, permanent special education in-class support teacher at LHS in September 2010.
In addition to handling her classroom responsibilities over the next five years, Rosenzweig also took on several leadership roles at LHS before being promoted to assistant principal in January 2016.
Over the last five years, Rosenzweig has worked hard to foster a safe, positive, healthy and thriving school environment for more than 1,900 students and 200 staff members. Highlights of her time as assistant principal include creating and developing professional development in critical areas; conceiving building initiatives, such as the One-to-One Computer Initiative, Course Preview Day, and the semester model; developing the annual school budget; building and managing the school’s master schedule; and leading the New Teacher Induction at LHS.
Block explained that when searching for a principal worth of replacing Stern, the committee was impressed with Rosenzweig’s “knowledge of instruction, her dedication to our students, and her vision for the future of LHS.”
“As an LHS teacher and assistant principal, she created many positive relationships and is already a Lancer through and through,” he said. I am confident that Ms. Rosenzweig will continue the great work that is already in progress at LHS, and will work collaboratively with the community to define the next steps in LHS’ journey.”
Rosenzweig holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor degree in education as well as a master’s degree in special education from Rutgers University. She earned a second master’s degree in educational leadership from Montclair State University.
In addition to holding New Jersey Principal and Supervisor Certificates, she is also certified as an Elementary Education Teacher and a Teacher of Students with Disabilities.
In her personal time, Rosenzweig enjoys singing, traveling and spending time with her family.
“It has been an honor to have taught and served as an assistant principal at LHS for the last 11 years,” said Rosenzweig. “I am especially grateful for the opportunity to further my career in a principal position here in this community and continue to learn, create, contribute and grow together. While this has certainly been a challenging year, I look forward to getting through these times together and reuniting physically as one school as we thrive to provide meaningful learning and life experiences for our students.”
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