Cranbury School appoints new chief administrator

After months of searching, members of the Cranbury Township Board of Education have chosen a new Principal School Trustee to run Cranbury School.

Dr. Jennifer K. Diszler, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Administration for the South Brunswick School District, has been named the new Chief School Administrator (CSA) and Principal of the Cranbury School from kindergarten to grade 8 with a unanimous vote of the school board at its June 15 meeting.

Diszler will take office on September 1. She replaces Susan Genco, who is retiring on September 1.

“We were looking for a school leader who would build on our successes and inspire a culture of high expectations for all students and staff and we found that and more,” said school board chair Pramod Chivate. “In addition to his extensive experience in curriculum, technology, and meaningful professional development, Dr. Diszler has a positive energy and collaborative nature that we believe will resonate in our community. We are delighted to have her join us. »

The school board had cited “Diszler’s demonstrated strength in curriculum and technology development and his passionate vision for advancing learning.”

According to the school district, Diszler will work with the school administration and school board to ensure there is a smooth transition before it officially begins in September.

“I am both honored and touched by this opportunity and look forward to dedicating myself to the Cranbury School District,” said Diszler. “I am truly thrilled to join such a reputable district where students are at the forefront of every decision.”

Diszler served two years as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology for the North Brunswick School District before returning to South Brunswick as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. administration in 2017, according to the school district.

The school board’s personnel committee oversaw the research with Strategic Educational Advantage, New York, whom the board hired to assist with the research. Community feedback forums and a survey were conducted during the months-long research process.

“We let the voices of all of our stakeholders, along with our own analysis and verification, inform our decision and we are excited for what the future holds,” Chivate said. “We will create opportunities for people to get to know Dr. Diszler, and for her to listen and learn about our district directly from our students, staff and the Cranbury community.”

Genco is not the only leader, whose retirement will take effect on September 1. Cranbury School’s deputy principal, Michele Waldron, is also retiring.

According to the Cranbury School, Genco has been the school’s ASC for 11 years and Waldron has been with the school for 13 years.

The CSA will help guide the school board on the next vice principal, school officials said.

“It is so hard to leave students, friends, families and community members that I love so much, but it has made it a little easier for me to know that the district will be in such good hands,” Genco said. “I look forward to doing all I can to help ensure a smooth transition and successful launch of this new chapter in the history of the Cranbury School District.”

Diszler began his educational career as a middle school math teacher in Somerset County and taught for 10 years at elementary and intermediate level. While teaching, she earned her master’s degree in instructional leadership from Rider University in 2006.

In 2010, she joined the South Brunswick School District as the middle school supervisor for math and science.

According to the district, Diszler became director of professional development in 2012 and oversaw the coordination of all professional learning for the district, including the appraisal system, mandated policy, technology infusion, education of the character and content-specific training.

From 2015 to 2017, she served as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology at North Brunswick Public Schools. Diszler returned to southern Brunswick to become assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, and administration.

Martha K. Merrill