WESTFIELD, NJ – Brian Gechtman has been named Principal of Roosevelt Intermediate School.

The school board unanimously approved Gechtman’s appointment during its meeting Thursday morning. Gechtman, who is currently the Assistant Principal at Roosevelt School, will begin in his new role Aug. 1 and will receive an annual salary of $135,000.

“I am so proud to represent this district,” Gechtman said at the meeting. “Every opportunity I get, you will hear me say there is no place I’d rather be.”

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Gechtman will succeed former Roosevelt School Principal Mary Asfendis, who will begin as Westfield High School Principal Aug. 1. Asfendis will succeed Dr. Derrick Nelson, who died earlier this year following complications from a bone marrow donation procedure.

As principal, Gechtman hopes to continue collaborating with other schools within the district and advancing the district’s goals.

“As I prepare to be the next principal at Roosevelt School, I look forward to the administration and teachers continuing our rich conversations and amazing collaborations with our colleagues at Edison Intermediate, as all of our students share similar experiences throughout their middle school years,” Gechtman said.

“I also look forward to continuing the district’s goal of social-emotional learning,” he added. “Infusing these lifelong lessons into our daily curriculum, as well as our advisory program, will allow our students to prepare for all future challenges.”

Gechtman joined the district in 2012 as Assistant Principal of Roosevelt School. He was also named Coordinator of Intermediate Basic Skills in 2014 and Elementary and Intermediate Basic Skills/Title I Coordinator in 2017, according to a district press release.

“Mr. Gechtman is an educational leader with an impressive depth of knowledge of middle school students, social and emotional learning, and instructional practice,” Superintendent of Schools Margaret Dolan said in the release. 

“His passion for character education in every facet of a middle school student’s education and his strong support of students with special needs also set him apart from the other qualified candidates.”

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