VERONA, NJ - Howard Freund, the current assistant principal at H.B. Whitehorne Middle School, was named principal of Laning Avenue School at the board of education meeting Tuesday.

Mr. Freund has proudly spent the last 19 years as part of the Verona Public Schools. Prior to his five years as Assistant Principal of HB Whitehorne, he served as instrumental music teacher at HBW for fourteen years. During that time, his principal suggested he consider looking into school administration as a future career change and he enrolled in the Educational Leadership program at Montclair State University. He quickly became passionate about all aspects of the educational process and made the decision to devote the rest of his career to school leadership. 

“Throughout my many years in Verona, I have been witness to the great experiences our students have had while going through Verona Public Schools. I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen as the next Principal of Laning Avenue School and will proudly continue to grow our traditions of academic and cultural excellence." Freund said.  " Education is all about people and forging strong relationships built on trust and communication. It is vital that we approach our students’ education as a true partnership between home and school. Together, we can create the strongest of academic foundations, a passion for learning, and wonderful experiences that will impact our students’ lives forever.”

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Mr. Freund received his bachelor’s degree in music from Binghamton University and his teacher certification from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University in 2009. He lives in Montclair with his wife and two daughters. Although he no longer teaches music, Mr. Freund is a lifelong musician and maintains an active performing schedule, playing saxophone and clarinet with various groups in the area.

A meet and greet with Mr. Freund is scheduled for Monday, June 8th at Laning Avenue School at 7 p.m. for anyone interested in attending.