Our Administration

You’ll never find a more student-oriented team of administrators than we have at Closter. We are proud to play a part in educating our future leaders, innovators, and caregivers. Please contact us with your questions or concerns; we welcome the constructive input of parents and community members.

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Joanne Newberry
Superintendent of Schools
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About Joanne Newberry

My career in public education spans 45 plus years. I received my first teaching position while student teaching in Montgomery County in the Maryland Public School system. I taught in a variety of their magnet schools for ten years.

I returned home to Bergen County, NJ. My three children and I all graduated from Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan, NJ. I spent the next ten years teaching first grade in Haworth Public School. Working daily with emerging readers was my dream come true! However, change was in the air once again as I stepped into the world of administration. I became the principal in Haworth for two years, which led to the next ten in the combined role of superintendent/principal.

In January 2007, I became the superintendent of Closter School District, where I have enjoyed an exciting career that I have come to cherish. In Closter, I have had the privilege of working with exceptional educators, dedicated board-of-education members, supportive parents, and children who are eager to learn. It does not get any better than that!

Working together with my strong administrative team members, we have been able to bring many innovative programs to the district. This includes a preschool program, Phonics First, STEM programs, a science lab in Hillside Elementary School, a Mandarin program, a fitness center, and new security measures.

The Closter faculty, administrators, and I have committed to providing a safe environment that addresses both the social and emotional needs of our students, along with an appropriate and challenging academic curriculum. A love of life-long learning is our ultimate goal!

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Courtney Carmichael
Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction
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Michael Donow
Interim Business Administrator
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Patricia Eichenlaub
Director of Special Services
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Karen Volpitto
Secretary to the Superintendent
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