NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – With an air of confidence and optimism, Lauren Zirpoli was named by the New Providence Board of Education to assume the reins of the state’s number one high school.

The appointment is effective July 1 when she replaces Paul Casarico who will be named Assistant Superintendent in May.

“I think it’s very important that as principal of New Providence High School (NPHS) that everybody knows I am approachable.  I do listen well and I enjoy establishing relationships with students, parents and teachers,” she said.

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Zirpoli is a graduate of Kean University and completed her graduate studies at Seton Hall University.

For the past two years, she has served as the NPHS’s Assistant Principal where her broad responsibilities cover student management in such diverse areas as discipline, attendance, working with guidance counselors and students who are struggling with their grades.  “Primarily, I am dealing with students,” she added.

Along with the school principal, she conducts teacher evaluations.

As principal, she said, her efforts will be more sharply focused on the areas of curriculum and instruction.

Zirpoli is also looking forward to working with her replacement on character building and trying to push the school forward in a unified way in regard to character education.  “It’s very important in light of anti-bullying regulations,” she said.

New state mandated reforms will also occupy a large part of Zirpoli’s day requiring an instructional leadership approach to guiding teachers through the reforms.

Zirpoli is a huge fan of the school’s one-to-one iPad initiative and wants to see usage of the educational tools expanded in the classroom to enhance the curriculum.

Zirpoli said, as principal, she will make each decision with the best interests of students and staff in mind.

“I am passionate about what I do. I take it very seriously,” she said.