SUMMIT, NJ - Elizabeth Meola Aaron, who taught for seven years at Summit High School and for four years at Asbury Park High School, has been selected as Assistant Principal of Summit High School. Aaron, who is anticipated to be approved by the Summit Board of Education at its September 10 meeting, succeeds Lorena Dolan who left the Hilltop City District July 16 to become the principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Livingston.

In addition to her teaching tenures in Summit and Asbury Park, Aaron worked for the South Orange-Maplewood School District as a high school administrator including principal for the past five years, most recently working at the district level on research and strategic planning for instructional innovation and integration.

In her leadership positions, Aaron assessed the needs of the school communities and focused on strengthening students’ voice and engagement.  She developed programs to provide targeted support aligned with student needs, and she encouraged opportunities for students and staff to engage with outside community partners. 

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Aaron has been part of numerous professional development opportunities where she collaborated with supervisors to widen student experiences both in and out of school, deepening avenues for students to do internships, service learning, and career and college pathway exploration. “Her high level of high school experience and leadership qualities are evident. She was a Summit alumnus and a Summit staff member, and it is great to have her coming home,” said Superintendent June Chang.

She earned a BA in History and Secondary Education from Boston College, as well as an MA in Teaching History from Rutgers-Newark and an MA in Educational Leadership from Kean University.