(Editor's Note: Mackenzie Hall is a sophomore at South Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto South Plainfiueld.)
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Patrick Sarullo, newly appointed assistant principal at South Plainfield High School (SPHS) is no stranger to the South Plainfield School District.
A resident of the community for 36 years, Sarullo graduated from SPHS in 1999 before going on to earn a bachelor’s in psychology from Rowan University, his education degree from Stockton University and a masters in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix along with an education administration degree from Caldwell University. He began his career as a teacher at South Plainfield Middle School (SPMS) and, prior to taking on the assistant principal position in August 2016, served as a vice principal in the Wanaque School District.
Sarullo said he wanted to return to South Plainfield because he missed his hometown and the place where his educational career first launched as a teacher. He feels that the South Plainfield School District is unique and that he enjoys coming to school every day to see the wonderful things that the students and staff members accomplish.
“The opportunity to work with the students on a daily basis is fun, not work,” said Sarullo, adding, “I am truly blown away by the teachers and staff members [and] how they go above and beyond in their hard work and dedication with each individual student.”
Sarullo credits Kevin Hajduk as an inspirational mentor who influenced his educational philosophies and helped to define and inspire him to become first the teacher and now principal that he is today. A well-known and respected educator in the district for 16 years, Hajduk is currently the principal at John F. Kennedy Elementary School. Prior, he held positions as a teacher at both Roosevelt Elementary and the high school before being named e assistant principal and, later, principal, of SPMS.
According to Sarullo, in the short time he has served as assistant principal of SPHS, he has ‘already learned so much from SPHS Principal Ronnie Spring and fellow Assistant Principals Kelly Richkus and John Sarcone.’ Additionally, he said he is proud of all the students and their success, whether they be academic, athletic, artistic or musical.
“School is not about being smart, it’s about perseverance,” Sarullo said, adding that enjoys coming to work every day and is ‘honored and blessed to be once again be part of the South Plainfield School District community.’
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