MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new chapter began in the Montclair Public Schools on Friday. The day marked the official first day of Interim Superintendent Barbara Pinsak, who was named the Interim Superintendent of the Montclair Public Schools by a unanimous decision of the Board of Education, effective March 17.

“We are privileged that Barbara Pinsak will be stepping in as Interim Superintendent to bridge the gap for us while we continue the search for a permanent Superintendent. We will continue to interview candidates for the permanent position. In the meantime, Ms. Pinsak comes to us with extensive school administrator experience as she recently retired this past August from Teaneck Public Schools. We are delighted to have her,” said Board President Jessica de Koninck.

“I am honored to be chosen to work as Interim Superintendent of the Montclair Public Schools. Montclair has the reputation for excellence and innovation in the state of New Jersey and beyond. I am so pleased to be able to contribute any expertise and experience I have to this wonderful district,” said Pinsak.

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Her career in education spans over 40 years. She has dedicated her career to helping students and providing leadership in public education. With the exception of one year teaching in her hometown in Illinois, she began in Teaneck Public Schools as an elementary teacher, teacher of gifted and talented, technology instructional leader and technology resource teacher and rose through the ranks holding positions of Supervisor, Elementary and Middle School Principal, Assistant Superintendent and finally Superintendent from 2011 to 2016.

According to a press release, Pinsak has received numerous honors during her career including: Educator of the Year Award in 2013 from the Teaneck Chamber of Commerce, Education Service Award 2013 from the Voorhees Street Association, and she was recognized for Educational Service by the Teaneck Township Council in 2016.