West Orange Names Ana Marti As School District's First Assistant Elementary School Principal

New Assistant Elementary School Principal Ana Marti. Credits: Simon Says
World Languages Supervisor K-12 Laura Arredondo. Credits: Simon Says

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Ana Marti, Former English as a Second Language (ESL) and World Languages Supervisor for the West Orange School District, has been named Elementary School Assistant Principal.  The position is newly created and Ms. Marti will assist the seven elementary school principals with supervision and management of ongoing school operations.  She will also aid the Administration Team at Central Office by assisting in the coordination and delivery of elementary instructional programs.

Asst. Principal Marti holds principal certification, a Masters in Education from St. Peter’s College, and has successfully completed the NJ EXCEL Program.

“Ana Marti is an outstanding professional.  She has done a wonderful job as the Supervisor of World Languages and ESL departments.  She has helped West Orange continue to implement one of the finest Chinese programs in New Jersey,” said Interim Superintendent James O’Neill. “Gregory and Redwood Elementary Schools have nearly 600 students each.  The increasing amount of administrative work, including a dramatic increase in the number of observations we have to conduct on teaching staff, made it imperative to have another administrator at the elementary level.” 

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Ms. Marti is expected to spend most of her time at Gregory and Redwood, continue with her ESL supervisory responsibilities, and be available to assist the other elementary school principals at St. Cloud, Hazel, Mt. Pleasant, Pleasantdale and Washington as necessary.

“This is a great opportunity to continue serving the West Orange School District, and I look forward to all the challenges ahead,” said Ms. Marti.

Laura Arredondo was hired this summer to replace Marti as the new K-12 World Languages Supervisor.  Ms. Arredondo holds a Masters in School Leadership from Montclair State University and a Masters in Education from Kean University.

“The global nature of our society makes learning another language increasingly important for success in the contemporary work place,” said Interim Superintendent James O’Neill.  “We have a comprehensive World Languages program at the high school and look forward to providing the same at the elementary and middle schools in the district.  The amount of Spanish that students will receive in 7th grade will be increased which will result in more students entering high school at Level 2 and eventually enrolling in AP courses.   Ms. Arredondo has a deep knowledge of the subject area and the ability to make the program grow stronger.” 

As  World Languages Supervisor, Ms. Arrendondo will oversee and coordinate K-12 language and culture programs; maintain oversight for curriculum and assessments according to The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines and state standards;  train new members of the World Languages faculty requirements and protocols according to ACTFL, state, and district requirements; and assist in teacher evaluations according to the district's new Marzano teacher evaluation model.  She will also collaborate with teachers in analzying and assessing data.

“I am excited to be part of a district that is a noted leader in the instruction of World Languages and where the study of language and culture is valued and celebrated,” said Ms. Arredondo.





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