RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph staff members gathered Thursday to kick off another great year of
learning. In the spirit of gathering, the district hosted special guest speaker Priya Parker: facilitator,
strategic advisor, and acclaimed author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters.

Parker’s The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters (Riverhead, 2018) has been named
a Best Business Book of the year by Amazon, Esquire Magazine, NPR, the Financial Times, 1-800-
CEO-READS and Bloomberg. She has spoken on the TED Main Stage, and her TEDx talk on
purpose has been viewed over 1 million times. Parker’s work has been featured in numerous outlets
including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, TED.com, Forbes.com, Real Simple
Magazine, Oprah.com, Bloomberg, Glamour, the Today Show and Morning Joe. Priya’s expertise on
the subject of team building was an insightful opportunity for our educators to learn more about
intentional collaboration and the benefits it can have for student success.
 

Jennifer Fano, Superintendent stated , "We recognize that our team fulfills many different roles.  The impact our staff has throughout a school day can be difficult to capture as our educators serve as a confidant, a role model, a leader, and sometimes even a super hero to our students. It is important that we promote and support staff
wellness to ensure that every person continues to make a difference at Randolph. We invited Priya
Parker to speak to our staff because we believe in the power of team collaboration. Gathering matters
because it is through each other that we figure out what our students need so they are ready to learn
and feel supported. Priya Parker writes in her book that “When you gather well, one of the outcomes
is you create a sense of belonging.” Every person in our district has a purpose and we strive to
prepare them with the tools to fulfill their highest potential personally and professionally. We hope that
by practicing intentional gathering we can continue to share innovative ideas which will enhance our
culture and build strong connections with the students, families, and community members we serve.”

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Board President Mr. Ron Conti also spoke with district staff to reinforce the districts goals. These
goals are to promote academic excellence, foster positive learning environments, enhance
organizational effectiveness, and nurture innovation. Our overarching goals unite us and help us stay
focused on measurable outcomes so we can celebrate our successes.
 
The district also announced that 30 staff received tenure for the 2019-2020 school year. The following
staff members were honored with tenure:


 
Center Grove Elementary:
Brittany Dungan
Cosette Sobota
Kimberly Stork
Danielle Tromba
 
Ironia Elementary:
Joanna Scott
 
Fernbrook Elementary:
Yacqueline Cruz
Jennifer Steinert
Molly Ziegelstein


 
Shongum Elementary:
Kathleen Binazeski
 
Randolph Middle School:
Jacob Burlas
Noelle Congero
Nicholas Lavender
Ralph Scimeca
Sarah Suydam
 
Randolph High School:
Cara Canfield
Alicia Gomez
Brian Hoesly
Melissa Hull
Dominick LaCapra
Michael Lichtenfeld

Kristin Poff
Racquel Rivero
Krista Seanor
Patricia Siegel
Sandra Zarillo
 
RTAA:
Dr. Michelle Bernal
Frank Perrone
 
District:
Krystn Cedzidlo
Walter Curioni
Beth Martello