Ms. Halperin-Krain is a Jersey Girl through and through! Having grown up in North Jersey and graduating from an Essex County High School, Ms. Halperin-Krain continued her education by earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish & Communications from Rutgers College, New Brunswick. After working in the private sector for a number of years, Ms. Halperin-Krain returned to another New Jersey school, Montclair State University, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree with a focus in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Halperin-Krain then worked as an inclusion teacher in the Livingston School District and as a kindergarten, fourth grade and sixth grade teacher in the Orange School District. After relocating with her husband and two children to Monmouth County, Ms. Halperin-Krain accepted a position at Joseph C. Caruso School in the Keansburg School District. While there, Ms. Halperin-Krain earned her administrative certifications in Supervision, Principal, and School Administrator through NJEXCEL. Over her thirteen years in Keansburg, Ms. Halperin-Krain worked as Whole School Coordinator, District Data and Assessment Coordinator, District Data and Assessment Supervisor and Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for grades Pre-K through 12. Joining the District in 2016 as Director of Literacy, Ms. Halperin-Krain is excited to continue her career with the talented teachers and administrators in Plumsted.
Mr. Sean Gately
Mr. Gately was appointed Business Administrator/Board Secretary of Plumsted Township School District in August 2010. Prior to his current service in Plumsted, Mr. Gately served as the Business Administrator/Board Secretary in Teaneck Public Schools and Spring Lake Heights School District. Mr. Gately also served as the Director of Support Operations for the East Brunswick Public Schools and a Staff Accountant for the Paterson Public Schools. Mr. Gately earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Indiana University and an accounting degree from William Paterson University.
Director of Student Personnel Services (Guidance)
Mrs. Drucker graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Marketing. While attending Monmouth University, Mrs. Drucker returned to her Alma Mater, Brick Memorial High School, where she was appointed as the Varsity Gymnastics Assistant Coach and held the position for 10 consecutive seasons. Her love for helping others and guiding and supporting her athletes, led Mrs. Drucker to leave the corporate world and begin her teaching career at Brick Memorial as a Comprehensive Business teacher. During her time as a teacher, she had the privilege of teaching courses such as AP Macroeconomics, Marketing, Senior Seminar, and Business Law. After a few years of teaching, Mrs. Drucker decided to follow her dream of becoming a school counselor and received her Masters of Arts in School Counseling from Georgian Court University and fulfilled the requirements to receive her Director of School Counseling certification. Shortly after graduating, Mrs. Drucker was hired as a high school counselor in Hazlet, NJ. In January of 2019, Mrs. Drucker joined the Plumsted Township School District as the Supervisor of New Egypt High School’s Guidance Department. In July of 2020, Mrs. Drucker was appointed to the Director of Student Personnel Services & Guidance. She is now responsible for district testing, scheduling, and coordinating all PK - 12 school counseling services.
Interim Special Education Director
Interim Director of Special Services Dr. Jonathan Ogbonna graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. Dr. Ogbonna furthered his education at The Pennsylvania State University where he obtained a second Master’s degree in Public Administration and Ph.D. in Educational Administration.Following his Ph.D., Dr. Ogbonna went back to Temple University for a post-doctoral program in Special Education. Dr. Ogbonna has extensive experience and expertise having worked in the Camden City School District for 31 years. During this tenure, he served as a special education teacher, Assistant Principal, PreK-8 Principal, High School Principal, and Director of Special Services. Dr. Ogbonna joined the Plumsted Township School District as Interim Director of Special Services on July 12, 2021.
Interim Curriculum Director
Laura Vetere is the Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree and teaching certificates in Elementary Education and K-12 English. She taught HS English and Remedial Reading in Elizabeth HS for seven years and grades 8-12 English at Colonia High School for seven years. She obtained her Masters in Education Administration in 1994 from Kean University. She served as an Elementary Assistant Principal and Co-Director of Gifted and Talented in Howell from 1994-2000. In 2000, she became the principal of the Millstone Township Elementary School. In 2007, she was promoted to Director of Curriculum and Instruction until 2014 when she retired. Since her retirement she has served in seven interim administrative positions including supervisor, assistant principal in a HS, elementary principals and Director of Curriculum and Instruction in three different school districts in Mercer and Ocean Counties.
Principal, New Egypt High School
Mr. DeMarco spent ten years as a Special Education teacher at New Egypt High School. He received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from New Jersey City University in December of 2009. He was appointed as the Assistant Principal of New Egypt High School in October of 2010 and Assistant Principal of New Egypt Middle School in August of 2011. Mr. DeMarco also obtained a Master’s Degree in Special Education from New Jersey City University in 2005, and completed his undergraduate degree in Marketing in 1999 from Rowan University. He served as a varsity assistant coach in football, basketball, and baseball for 8 years at New Egypt High School.
Assistant Principal, New Egypt High School
Mrs. Videla completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 from Hofstra University. She has dedicated the majority of her career to New Egypt High School where she started in 2000. Prior to New Egypt, Mrs. Videla taught one year at Mount Saint Mary Academy, in Watchung, and two years at Roselle Park High School. During her tenure as a Physical Education and Health teacher for New Egypt High School, Mrs. Videla developed the Physical Education and Health Curriculums and acted as lead teacher for her department. Mrs. Videla coached several sports over the years for New Egypt, but her accomplishments as varsity softball coach from 2000-2009 are what she is most proud of. Under her leadership, the team won 6 Conference Championships, 1 Rancocas Valley Elite Tournament Championship, 1 Ocean County Tournament Championship, 3 Sectional State Championships, and 1 Group I State Title . Mrs. Videla completed her Master’s in Administration and Supervision from Georgian Court University in 2006 and will now serve as New Egypt High School’s Assistant Principal.
Principal, New Egypt Middle School
Mrs. Caldes was appointed Principal of New Egypt Middle School in 2007 after completing one year in the Plumsted Township School District as the Assistant Principal of New Egypt High School. Prior to coming to Plumsted, Mrs. Caldes was Principal in the Union Beach Public School District and Vice Principal in the Howell Township Public Schools. Mrs. Caldes began her career in Brick Township as an elementary school teacher. She then left Brick Township to teach and pursue professional opportunities in the Howell Township Public Schools. Mrs. Caldes has her master’s degree in administration and supervision from New Jersey City University and received her bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from Georgian Court University.
Principal, Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School
Mr. Therien came to Plumsted Township School District in 2014 after serving as Principal of Bay Head Elementary School for eight years. Prior to being named Principal, he taught Math, Science, and Social Studies for nine years to grades four through eight at Bay Head Elementary School, sixth grade at Ocean Gate Elementary School, and supplemental kindergarten at H. and M. Potter School in Berkley Township.
Mr. Therien received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Elementary Education from Georgian Court College. Mr. Therien continued his post graduate studies at Georgian Court University where he earned a Masters Degree in Supervision, Administration, Curriculum Design and Development, and Principal’s certification.
Assistant Principal, Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School
In July 2013, Mrs. Nesbihal was appointed Assistant Principal of New Egypt Middle School. She began her career in education in 2000, after a successful business career where she served as a Consumer Affairs Director for a dermatological products company. Mrs. Nesbihal taught in the Howell Township Public Schools for 13 years. In addition to her teaching, she served as a Mathematics Coach and the District Mentor Program Liaison. Mrs. Nesbihal continues to provide professional development to teachers in many school districts through the Brookdale Math and Science Network. She received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from New Jersey City University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Education from Georgian Court University.