Merriam Avenue Elementary School Welcomes New Assistant Principal


NEWTON, NJ—The town of Newton’s elementary school, Merriam Avenue, welcomes Kenney Lutz to its team of administrators.

Lutz was born and raised in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, but also lived in Nazareth, Pennsylvania and Daytona Beach, Florida. His family consists of his wife, Sarah, and their three children. Cheyenne, 13, Hunter, 12, and Cole, 5. They also have two Boston Terriers, Titan and Gunner, two turtles, Lynyrd and Skynyrd, and a rabbit named Bandit.

In 1992, Lutz received his Associates of Arts degree in Education from Northampton Community College in P.A., where he played baseball and won a state championship in 1990. He attended Centenary College, where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with emphasis in Elementary Education/Special Education in 1995. Lastly, he received his Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership in 2015.

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This year marks his twenty-first year of beening involved in education. His involvement has included teaching special education in grades first, fifth, and eighth, being Dean of Students, teaching second, third, fourth, and sixth grade math and social studies, teaching math and social studies on a high school grade level, and being a physical education teacher for grades K-5.

He taught in Volusia County School District in Florida, as well as Jersey City. The majority of his years, however, were spent teaching in the Lopatcong Township School District.

When Lutz is not working he enjoys spending time with his family. “My wife and I are very involved with our children and enjoy watching their growth as they take part in their interests and activities,” he said.

He is also a self-taught drummer and played professionally for a period of time. He is currently one of the co-founders of “Two Plus One”, a math rock band that performs for school aged children all over the state.

Throughout his 21 years of teaching, Lutz has also coached sports teams and run student council programs at various schools. He coached varsity level football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. At Belvidere High School, he was the assistant varsity coach for football and basketball, while he was the head varsity coach for baseball.

Lutz relocated to Florida in order to coach high school baseball at New Smyrna Beach High School, where he was the assistant varsity coach on the 2009 State Championship team and the 2010 State Finalist Team.

He ran the Student Council program for many years at Lopatcong Township School District, where he received Advisor of the Year for the entire state from the New Jersey State Association of Student Councils in 2003. He is currently serving as President on the Lopatcong Township Athletic Association.

“Newton is my kind of town”, Lutz said. “I love the area and the environment. The history and traditions of Newton shine through when you are there! In the past, I have coached against Newton and have always felt that it would be an excellent place to be employed.”

Since he completed his Educational Leadership training and held the position of Dean of Students in Jersey City, Lutz decided he wanted to pursue a position in school leadership and to make the jump into administration. “I was fortunate that the position became available in such a great district,” he said.

Lutz has many plans for his position as Assistant Principal. The most important one being able to learn as much as he can. With the help of the district administrative team and Kevin Stanton, he knows he is in good hands. “I have exceptional mentors”, he said.

He is not only excited to work with the talented staff at Merriam Avenue, but he is ready to meet the parents and students that “will call Merriam Avenue School home”. He is ready to help in any way he can to make it the best experience for the staff and students.

“When you see me, please be sure to come on up and introduce yourself,” said Lutz. “I am extremely proud to be a part of the Newton family.”

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