SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Dr. Carol Choye, the former superintendent of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood SPFK12 school district, died on Thursday, April 16.
Dr. Choye was hired as superintendent in April 1993, when she replaced Dr. Robert Howlett, according to the Scotch Plains Times. In an interview, she told the Times that she hoped to "introduce more diversity and provide teachers with opportunities for more creativity and innovation."
In 1998, she was named a finalist for National Superintendent of the Year by the American Assn. of School Administrators. "What I found when I got there (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) was a school district that serves as a microcosm of the nation," Dr. Choye said in a presentation that aired on C-SPAN. "We have rich and poor. We have different socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups. We have some very special ingredients that build upon that uniqueness."
"We have a community and parent group that supports high quality education. Frankly, they expect it," she said. "We make the words excellence and diversity come alive. We have a staff that is very proud of the work they do and are very insistent that our youngsters do the best that they can do."
Members of the school district were notified of Dr. Choye's death by a letter from current superintendent Dr. Joan Mast.
"She will be remembered for her strong leadership skills and her selfless dedication to our district for twelve years," Dr. Mast wrote. "Colleagues who worked with Carol always valued her sense of humor, wisdom, mentorship and unconditional support."
Dr. Choye retired in 2006. Prior to her tenure in Scotch Plains-Fanwood, she served as the superintendent of the Princeton school system for seven years. Before that, she held leadership roles at schools in San Francisco.
"There will not be a service at this time," Dr. Mast wrote. "However, Carol's life will be celebrated in the future. Please remember Carol in your thoughts and prayers."
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