SPARTA, NJ – The new Supervisor of Guidance is coming to Sparta with wide experience in education. Dr. Saskia Brown was introduced with her family at the reorganization board of education meeting.
“I am so excited to be joining the Sparta Township School District leadership team and am thankful for the warm welcome I have received from the Sparta community,” Brown said.
Brown has an EdD in Educational Leadership K-12 Administration. Superintendent Michael Rossi said “she is closing in on her PhD,” in Higher Educational Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University and "she is widely published and credentialed.”
The new supervisor earned her master’s degree in Special Education and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Felician University where she also served as an adjunct professor.
Currently Brown is an adjunct profession at Drew University in Teacher Education. She also owns Supporting All Students Educational Consulting, LLC working with schools in New Jersey in Special Education. She consults on professional development and development of “multi-tiered system of supports and positive behavior supports in schools.”
For five years Brown worked in the New Jersey Department of Education in several capacities including as the project manager developing the state’s first Multi-Tiered System of Support or MTSS, that provides a framework for schools to help struggling students.
“It’s not programs that succeed, it is the people behind it that makes it succeed,” Rossi said.
While working for the state Brown said she had a number of publications, pointing to New Jersey Tiered System of Supports and Special Education Parent Advisory Guide for New Jersey. She said she also served as liaison for the board of the New Jersey Council of Exceptional Children.
Brown is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa International Honor Society as well.
She lives with her husband and son on Main Street in Ogdensburg. An interesting fact is that the front yard is Ogdensburg and the back yard is in Sparta Brown said.
“I am dedicated to serving this community to attain the goals outlined in our strategic plan ‘Vision 2025’ to ensure that we meet the needs of all students, their families, and our staff members,” Brown said.
Brown will be one of two guidance supervisors under the newly structured department. Rossi announced the Guidance Director position would be left vacant in favor of two supervisors. The previous Director of Guidance Kasey Dalton left the district shortly after the change was announced. Danielle Colte, currently the SAC at the high school was approved for the other guidance supervisor position at the board of education meeting on Monday night.
The high school is undergoing a lot of change at the administrative level. The new principal Ronnie Spring will be starting July 1, the day after assistant principal Rory Fitzgerald departs to become principal of Butler High School. Fitzgerald's replacement has not yet been announced.
The other assistant principal Michael Lauricella has been in the position since January 2019 when Steve Schels departed for a supervisor position in Verona. Lauricella had previously served as World Language and Social Studies Supervisor. Danielle Colte, currently the Student Assistance Counselor at the high school was approved for the other guidance supervisor position at the board of education meeting on Monday night.