RANDOLPH, NJ: At its November business meeting, the Randolph Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Michelle Telischak as the Fernbrook Elementary School principal.

Telischak, who is currently vice principal at Center Grove and Ironia elementary schools, will succeed Danielle Soldivieri, who was recently named the district’s new Director of Elementary Education. Soldivieri and Telischak will assume their new posts early next year.

An enthusiastic Telischak thanked the Board of Education and administration for their support. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to be the next principal at Fernbrook Elementary School,” she said. “I look forward to collaborating with all of the teachers, students, families and community members at Fernbrook to foster a love of learning for each and every child. Together we will continue to enhance the programs and initiatives at Fernbrook to empower our students to reach their highest potential.”

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Superintendent Jennifer A. Fano congratulated Telischak at the meeting. “There was a talented and diverse applicant pool for this position and I was excited to recommend Dr. Michelle Telischak as principal. Dr. Telischak has the passion and vision to continue to lead Fernbrook Elementary School’s dedicated staff and extraordinary students.”

Telischak, who has worked as the district vice principal since 2015, was the Supervisor of Instruction in the Ogdensburg Schools from 2014-15 and also worked as an elementary school teacher in grades 3-4 in the Sparta School District from 2007-14.

Telischak has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University, an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree in elementary education with a specialization in reading and literacy from Walden University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from Rowan University.

Telischak has many highlighted accomplishments including a dissertation focusing on The Influence of Instructional Time on Student Achievement in Grades 3-5 on NJ ASK in Language Arts and Mathematics. She also helped develop school family nights to increase the connection between home and school. In addition, Telischak was named Teacher of the Year in 2012, implemented professional learning communities, and organized and coached Girls on the Run programs in Randolph, Sparta and Ogdensburg. She has also worked as a volunteer for six years with Literacy Volunteers of Sussex County where she provides support to an adult English language learner.

The district is actively searching for a new vice principal to replace Telischak. Interested applicants should apply online on rtnj.org.