SUMMIT, NJ - Jennifer Ambrose, Jersey City Public Schools K-8 Mathematics Supervisor and a member of the Division Strategic Support Team, has been selected as the Director of Elementary Education for the Summit Public Schools, a new position within the Hilltop City District that will oversee curriculum and instruction, data analysis, assessment, and professional development for grades Pre K-5.
Upon Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang’s recommendation, the Board of Education is expected to approve Ambrose at the June 9 Board workshop meeting. Once approved, Ambrose will begin her role on, or before, July 1.

In her position in the Jersey City Schools, Ambrose has -- since 2008 -- coordinated the development of curriculum and the improvement of instruction for more than 10 schools. Under her leadership, she has fostered instructional innovation and has promoted significant academic growth throughout the district.

She currently serves as Assistant Principal for the Alfred E. Zampella School, PS #27. There, she serves as an instructional leader of the school, analyzing data to evaluate and improve instructional practices. She monitors Professional Learning Community meetings, provides teachers with support, effective feedback, and professional development. In addition, she assists with completing the budget, the Title 1 school-wide plan, and the professional development plan.  

“Ms. Ambrose impressed us throughout the interview process,” said Chang. “She has a strong background in leading curriculum development, data analysis, and instructional improvement.  Her experience and knowledge promise to add to our work as a district and her leadership qualities match our needs for this role.”

Ambrose has her BA in Elementary Education and Mathematics Sciences from Kean University; her MA in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University; and her Certificate in Special Education from the University of Phoenix. She began her career as a mathematics teacher in Nutley.

The Board has changed the location of its workshop meeting on June 9, to Summit High School in order to host a reception at 6:30 p.m. welcoming Ambrose to the District.