NEWTON, NJ - Newton’s Halsted Middle School recently welcomed Kristi Greene to its team of administrators.

Greene originally grew up outside of Scranton, Pa. She now lives in Hampton Township and has four children. She has 16-year-old twin boys who attend Kittatinny Regional School and two daughters, ages 10 and 12, who attend McKeown Elementary School.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Special Education from Bloomsburg University, a Master’s in Education from Lehigh University and an Educational Specialist Degree from Seton Hall University.

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Greene was a Special Education teacher for 19 years before she became an administrator. She was a curriculum director for Sparta Township Public Schools for one year before she was hired at Newton.

In Newton Public Schools, Greene started as Assistant Principal, where she stayed for the last five years. She has now been appointed as Principal for the 2015-2016 school year at Halsted.

In her spare time, Greene loves to read and run. In fact, she recently ran her first half marathon. “I always wanted to work with teachers and students to have a greater impact on education”, she said.

Although she chose Newton because it was close to home, Greene said that she heard “great things about [Newton], from a friend who worked in the district."

Since Greene has worked at the middle school for the past five years, she said that it has allowed her to “see the staff grow and improve their educational practices.” She hopes to continue the momentum of that growth in the upcoming school year as the new Principal at Halsted Middle School.