WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township school district welcomes its new Dean of Students.
Max Achtau joined the Warren Middle School on Thursday, February 20, replacing Scott Cook who is currently the new Principal at Mt. Horeb School, one of four elementary schools in the district.
Achtau received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. He earned a Masters in Teaching and German Literature and Language from Tufts University. He completed his post Master’s certificate program in Educational Leadership at The College of New Jersey.
Achtau taught for 15 years; the majority of classes were German and Science. For two of those years he taught English as a Second Language at The American School in Switzerland.
What motivates and drives Achtau is making a difference in the lives of children. Having a positive learning experience for students at Warren Middle School is a main goal he has established. He hopes to provide them with the tools to succeed in middle school, high school and beyond.
Achtau said “Building positive relationships is extremely important.” Over the years he built a wonderful rapport with students and colleagues and he plans to continue that at Warren Middle School. Taking the time to get to know people is invaluable.
When asked who inspired him personally or professionally, he emphatically discussed his father. Coming to America from Germany at the age of five, his father worked diligently and was the first to attend college in his family, eventually becoming a dentist. Achtau continually reminds the students with whom he works that, “If you apply yourself and work hard in school, the sky is the limit.”
Achtau believes in being a good listener, working collaboratively, and reacting calmly. He reflects on situations, always trusting there is a way to formulate an effective plan to address any challenge. In addition to Dean of Students, he will serve on both the district’s Curriculum Council and Leadership Council.
Achtau is thrilled to take on his new role at Warren Middle School and to join the Warren Township community. He wants to be the most effective leader possible, supporting both teachers and students as they strive to do their best.
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