Bloomfield, NJ  - Westbridge Academy, a private special education school, proudly welcomes John Cerniglia as the new Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction.  A lifelong educator and school leader, John returns to Westbridge with three decades of experience.  He began his career as a teacher’s aide at Westbridge Academy in the late 1980s, when the school was known as the Child Development Center, and was quickly promoted to teacher, a position he held for two years.  For the next 28 years, he worked for Youth Consultation Services, where he served as a teacher, Supervisor of Education, assistant principal, and principal.

“We are thrilled to welcome John back to Westbridge Academy,” said Dr. Viviana Litovsky, Executive Director.  “He has a unique skill set and decades of experience working with children with special needs in schools as well as in after-school programs.”

In his new role, John is responsible for the implementation of Westbridge Academy’s mission, goal, and philosophy.  He provides leadership in collaboration with other supervisors in the development and articulation of the curriculum; plans, organizes, implements, and monitors program and services; aligns and communicates curriculum objectives and proficiencies with student testing; and monitors instructional areas, lesson plan reviews, standardized assessments, and school safety and security.

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John earned his undergraduate degree in psychology, and holds two master’s degrees, one in educational psychology and the other in administration and supervision.  He also holds New Jersey state certifications for Teacher of the Handicapped (TOH), Elementary Education K – 8, Supervisor, Principal, and a Certificate of Eligibility for Chief School Administrator.

About: Westbridge Academy, a state-approved private non-profit school serving roughly 80 students with learning, social, and emotional challenges.  For nearly 45 years, the school has been a resource to educators at local public schools who place students with disabilities at no cost to parents.  For more information, go to or call 973-429-8110.