WARREN, NJ - Candida (Candie) Hengemuhle is the new Director of Special Services for Warren Township. She will assume her new position as of July 1 and says she is eager to hit the ground running. She has already visited the district a few times, enjoyed a meet and greet to get acquainted with staff and administrators, and attended a recent Board Meeting to meet the Board and members of the community.
Hengemuhle is looking forward to a smooth transition as she replaces Dr. Ted Kozlik, who has been the Interim Director of Special Services for the last two years following the retirement of Dr. Faye Brady. Hengemuhle received her BA at Trenton State College and her MA at Montclair State University. She holds certificates in Educational Psychology, School Psychology, Supervisor and Educational Leadership/Principal.
After beginning her career as a Mental Health Counselor/Art Therapist, she gained twenty-eight years of experience within the New Jersey public school system. During the past three years Hengemuhle served the Highland Park school district as the Director of Educational Services. As a Special Services Administrator and School Psychologist, her experience includes collaborative district leadership teams, school and community relations, effective communication, special education law, supervision, special education programming, instructional modifications, behavioral supports, counseling, conflict resolution, community outreach and parent support groups.
What motivates and drives Hengemuhle is addressing challenges head on. “I strive to never be complacent as there are always new and innovative ways to create educational environments that promote successful learning opportunities,” said Hengemuhle. She clearly defines “what is working” and “what needs to be worked on” so that all students have the chance to learn and grow.
When asked who inspired her personally or professionally, she immediately spoke of her parents. Growing up in a family of seven children, her parents helped her and her siblings learn the art of negotiation, compromise, and communication. What stands out most, she said, is how her parents instilled in her a drive to persevere. “They taught us to believe in our dreams and ourselves.” Her solid roots, coupled with her professional experience, allowed her to develop many positive traits which will benefit Warren Township Schools. She is a compassionate person with strong interpersonal skills. As an effective communicator, Hengemuhle promotes collaborative decision-making. Another strength is in her creative problem-solving skills as she advocates for students on every level.
Hengemuhle chose to come to Warren based upon its reputation for excellence in education. She looks forward to being a part of this educational community that values family involvement and student diversity, with a focus on 21st century learning. “My philosophy is simple,” said Hengemuhle. “I believe each child comes to school with an eager curiosity to learn and that each child can learn. It is our mission and responsibility as educators to teach, provide differentiated instructional strategies, and create opportunities so our students will succeed.” With that “teach and reach” motto the students are sure to benefit greatly. Warren Township welcomes Mrs. Candie Hengemuhle and is confident that she will shine brighter every day.