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Scotch Plains-Fanwood: Meet Park Middle School's New Principal

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Jocelyn Dumaresq Credits: Josh Axelrod
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Jocelyn Dumaresq, the current K-12 English Supervisor, will take over as the Park Middle School principal in the 2016-17 school year. Lisa Rebimbas, current Park principal, will become the new Director of Special Services for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district.

Dumaresq double majored in secondary education and English at Seton Hall University, received her master’s degree in English education at Columbia Teacher’s College, and then obtained her doctorate in educational leadership through Rutgers Graduate School of Education. She spent five years teaching at Summit Middle School before coming to SPF.

The ambitious educator also played soccer throughout high school and college and considered coaching as a career, but always came back to education. “Teaching was always a centerpiece of our discussions in my family,” said Dumaresq, who comes from a family of educators. “I think schools are the best place to work.”

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Dumaresq is excited to continue working with her colleagues in the district and become part of a new school community. “It’s really the people at Park,” Dumaresq explained, answering why she chose the job. “I get to work with the teachers on a regular basis, the kids are great, the community is wonderful around Park, and the parents are so supportive and so involved.”

Hoping to bring a more personalized method of education to Park, Dumaresq is eager to work with all these new individuals. She feels her job as supervisor has definitely prepared her to work with so many people, and that the daily maintenances and happenings of the school will be the biggest adjustment.

The English supervisor is well-respected and praised by her co-workers. She feels maintaining positive relationships with other teachers and supervisors is one of the most important parts of her job and she hopes to continue this at Park: “[You have to] listen to what inspires [teachers] professionally and really work to support those aspirations. It’s important to come to school every day and be excited because that’s contagious to students.”

Dumaresq is a large proponent of innovative and hands-on learning. Explaining why she loves the school environment, the enthused supervisor said, “[it’s] the passion of the students who are discovering the people they’re going to become and it’s the teachers who get excited about a lesson that might change a student’s perspective on what they’re reading or writing.”

“I would say my goals are to keep doing the great things we’re already doing, and to also continue to individualize our approach to middle school education,” expressed Dumaresq. “Middle school is the time where kids are really finding themselves, and we need to offer those exploratory experiences for students, whether that’s through their academic classes or clubs.”

Dumaresq is focused on the exciting new career in front of her and doesn’t envision leaving anytime soon. “I’m always someone who is interested in growing and learning so something will probably pique my interest later on down the road, but I also am just really excited to spend my time at the middle school,” expressed Dumaresq.

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