VERONA, NJ - Robert Merkler was named director of Athletics and Special Programs for the Verona Public School District at the Verona Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. 

Superintendent Rui Dionisio said Merkler comes to Verona with a passion and commitment to both academic and athletic excellence.  "He believes a strong mind and body can enable our children to grow and develop into contributing, well-respected citizens," Dionisio stated.  

Merkler has spent the past 10 years in the Edison Public School District. While there, he served on various committees and programs in Edison High School to improve instruction, curriculum and facilities. He encouraged the use of technology in the classroom, serving on a Google Leadership team that is supporting a 1:1 wireless device initiative in the Edison Public Schools.

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Merkler also worked on curriculum revision committees that have analyzed how to provide students with a 21st Century learning environment and improve instruction that supports higher order thinking both inside and outside the classroom.  He also served as an administrative liaison at Edison High School which enabled him to work closely with school administration on various administrative issues.

Merkler began his teaching career in 2006 at Edison High School teaching Health, Physical Education and Driver Education in grades 9-12. He piloted a physical education program that sought to improve fitness education inside his classroom and helped to develop and implement student growth objectives as part of the McRel Evaluation System.  In addition to teaching, Merkler coached football, basketball, and baseball at both Edison High School and JFK-Iselin High school.  His coaching and attention to detail has supported various All-County and All-State student athletes who are currently enjoying productive careers at the collegiate level.

Merkler earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Health & Physical Education from The College of New Jersey.  He earned a Master's Degree in Educational Supervision & Administration from the University of Phoenix.  Merkler resides in Edison, NJ with his wife, Billie Jean, and son, Nolan.

“I would like to thank the interview committee comprised of teachers, coaches and administrators who provided valuable insight during the competitive search process. I would also like to thank Mr. Cesa and Mr. Farishian for their many years of leadership and contributions to Verona High School students and programs,” Dionisio said.  “Mr. Merkler is beyond excited to join the Verona Public Schools team and is looking forward to working closely with everyone who makes the Verona community such a wonderful place. He will be transitioning with Mr. Cesa over the summer and begin coordinating meetings with students, staff, and parents.  Mr Merkler officially begins in the Verona Public Schools on September 1.”