SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Public Schools have moved quickly to fill two, recently announced vacancies in the senior leadership team of Lawton C Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS). Filling the void created by the pending departures of Assistant Principals Carly Johnson and Nicholas Grimshaw are Michelle Cebula, who comes to Summit from Mount Horeb Elementary School in Warren, and Alicia Subervi, currently with the Bedminster Township School District.

Their arrival at LCJSMS is pending release from the their current contracts, Nebula will assume the role of Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, with Subervi serving as Assistant Principal of Student Affairs and Discipline. Both hires are expected to be approved at the December 15 Board of Education meeting.

“We conducted a competitive and thorough search process that included administrators, teachers, counselors, and supervisors. I am confident that the  process brought forward two outstanding educators to assume these important roles. I am very excited to begin working with Ms. Subervi and Ms. Cebula to continue our efforts to deliver the best education possible at LCJSMS,” said LCJSMS Principal Damen Cooper.

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Cebula began her career in education teaching Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 6-8.. She then moved to Mount Horeb Elementary School, where she taught grade 5 for seven years, and was appointed as Literacy Coach, assisting staff with meeting various instructional goals as well as implementing literacy strategies and differentiation to impact targeted student needs.

During her time as Literacy Coach, Cebula completed an Administrative Internship for which she conducted meetings for staff and parents on curriculum and standardized testing, and led committees to pilot new programs. She worked with administrators to modify scheduling conflicts, resolve student discipline issues, and analyze district and school-wide policies.

In her current role as Instructional Specialist, Cebula serves as a resource for administrators and classroom teachers by sharing strategies, materials, and technology to enhance the learning experiences for all students. At LCJSMS, Cebula will work with the middle school staff to enhance the learning experiences of LCJSMS students, and will continue to support the implementation of the latest and most effective instructional practices.  

Subervi began her career teaching 4th and 5th grade in California and, for the past nine  years, has been a teacher with the Bedminster Township School District. There, she served as K-8 Enrichment Teacher as well as Gifted & Talented Coordinator.

She implemented school-wide enrichment and created curriculum for students with multiple disabilities, re-designed the Gifted & Talented program, and was an active member of the National Association of Gifted Children and the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children.

Additionally, Subervi completed her Administration and Supervision Field Internship in May of 2016, which focused on the areas of teaching and learning,  school management, and stakeholder relationships.

“I am pleased with the candidates brought forth by the committee. In my conversations with both, I am confident that Ms. Cebula and Ms. Subervi will be excellent additions to LCJSMS and will provide the support needed in their areas of expertise, to enhance the overall experience for our students. We look forward to having them on board and welcome them to the Summit team,” said Superintendent June Chang.

A reception for Nebula and Subervi will be held prior to the December 15 Board of Education Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Both Cebula and Subervi will be in attendance, and the general public is invited to attend. The reception and meeting are both held at Summit High School, located at 125 Kent Place Boulevard.