SuperintendentMr. Gerald North
Jerry North has been an educator for 34 years as he begins his second stint as Superintendent of the Plumsted Township School District on July 1, 2016. Mr. North started as an English teacher and taught in the classroom for 15 years before moving into full-time administration. He has been an administrator serving as Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent for 25 years.
Mr. North was the original principal of New Egypt High School, opening the building in September, 1999. He served in this capacity until July 1, 2005 when he became the district superintendent. Mr. North left the district in August 2007 to become principal of Marlboro High School. From 2011 – 2015 he was the Superintendent of the Keansburg School District.
Business AdministratorMr. 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 LiteracyMs. 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.
Director of STEAM
Director of Special EducationIn August of 2014, Jessica Howland was appointed Director of Special Services for the Plumsted Township School District. Dr. Howland came to the district in 2005 as a special education teacher. Prior, she had been a teacher in various out-of-district settings for students with special needs. She earned her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University in 1999. Jessica then pursued her Masters of Education degree in Special Education in addition to post-Masters certifications from The College of New Jersey. Jessica returned to Rutgers University to earn her doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision.
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
Mr. Mendes has been in education since 2002 where he began as a Business Education teacher at NEHS. In 2009, he was fortunate enough to become the Assistant Principal at New Egypt High School where he learned valuable lessons on how to be an instructional leader. In the fall of 2010, he moved on to Wall Township High School as the Assistant Principal. While at Wall, he was part of a team that transitioned the High School to the alternating A/B block schedule. This transition was part of the reason the High School was able to become one of the top 100 high schools in New Jersey. Mr. Mendes is thrilled to bring his experiences back to help improve upon New Egypt High School.
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 SchoolMr. 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 SchoolIn 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.