(Editor's Note: Amaiana Sajjad is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto North Plainfield.) 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Charles Rowan has been employed with the North Plainfield School District for the past eight years. He began his tenure as a 9th through 12th grade social studies teacher at North Plainfield High School (NPHS) and, last year, was named the district’s supervisor of social studies. Additionally, at the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Rowan was appointed assistant principal of NPHS.

“I enjoyed being a teacher, and having that bond with my students, but, now I get to interact with all of the students as they pass through the hallways,” Rowan said, adding that he always , “I was a soccer coach growing up and I loved coaching. There is a connection between coaching and teaching. The best aspects of my job are the students and staff.”

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As an assistant principal, Rowan in charge of scheduling meetings and working alongside fellow staff members to make decisions that help the school community. He is also responsible for disciplinary issues.

According to Rowan, time management, specifically dealing with all the different responsibilities associated with being an administrator, is sometimes a challenge. “It can get hectic at times,” said Rowan. “As a teacher you know how your day is going to go, as you have a set schedule of the day's lesson plan. However as an assistant principal there is no schedule, anything can happen anytime.”

After earning a bachelor's degree in history with a concentration in African studies from Villanova University, Rowan went on to Seton Hall University where he obtained a master's degree in educational technology and a certification masters in educational leadership, management, and policy.

Rowan said he knew early on in his teaching career that he wanted to be an administrator one day. His goal is to make the best decisions for all NPHS students.

“I knew it was going to be a lot of work, however, it’s for a bigger goal, [which is] to help the community. So the time and work put in is worth it, without a doubt,” said Rowan.

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