At a special meeting of the South Orange-Maplewood School District on September 29, 2016, the Board of Education approved two new administrators:

Melissa Butler, Interim K-12 Supervisor of English Language Arts (ELA)

Melissa Butler has been an ELA teacher at South Orange Middle School since September 2005. Since the summer of 2013, she has worked for the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia Teachers College and has facilitated staff development for teachers and administrators around the county using the methodology of reading and writing workshop. Butler has received a number of awards and distinctions including being recognized as the 2014 Bammy Winner, which is a national award for Middle School Teacher of the Year.

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Upon accepting her appointment, Butler said: “It is an honor to officially introduce myself as the new K-12 ELA Supervisor for the South Orange/Maplewood School District. I am truly passionate about every aspect of education, and I love literacy. I look forward to partnering with the teachers and parents in order to provide our students with the skills, knowledge, and habits necessary for a high-quality literacy experience and encourage a continuing focus towards their future college & career success.  As a parent of a 1st grader, I have learned and recognized the sincere importance of a strong home-school connection, and I feel fortunate to be a part of a school community that has established such a strong and supportive parent base already. I anticipate strengthening this union and exploring the needs of each student, to accomplish our literacy goals.”  

Melissa Butler holds a BA in English Writing and Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam, an MS.Ed. in Special Education from Hofstra University, and an MA.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.

Dion Patterson, Assistant Principal, Maplewood Middle School

Dion Patterson currently serves as Vice Principal and Supervisor of Community Programs at Piscataway Township Schools, Piscataway, NJ. Prior to his appointment as Vice Principal in Piscataway, Patterson served as Middle School Teacher/Coach/Lead District Evaluator/Apprentice School Leader in East Orange STEM Academy, and as a Middle School Teacher in the East Orange School District.

Upon accepting the appointment, Patterson said: "I am truly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to join Maplewood Middle School with wonderful staff, parents, and students who are excited about learning.  I bring my talents & passion for education and together I am ready to do exceptional things."

Dion Patterson received his BA in English from Morehouse College, GA and his MS in Reading & Literacy and second MS in Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment both from Walden University, MN.