West Essex Teacher To Be New VHS Vice Principal


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Thomas  Lancaster thanked the BOE for their decision on Tuesday night.
Thomas Lancaster thanked the BOE for their decision on Tuesday night.
The Verona Board of Education tonight approved the hiring of Thomas Lancaster, an English teacher in the West Essex Regional School District, to be the new vice principal at Verona High School.

Lancaster has been with West Essex for almost 12 years, the bulk of which as a middle school English teacher. He was named a Governor’s Teacher of the Year in the 2013-2014 school year, and he has also been the middle school’s basketball and baseball coach. The former Marine is also the director of The Gifted Child Society, a Bergen County-based non-profit.

According to Verona Superintendent Rui Dionisio, Lancaster is a “proponent and advocate” for Google apps for education, which are being rolled out in all Verona Schools. Lancaster succeeds David Galbierczyk, who is moving to a new position at H.B. Whitehorne as principal of one of the two new “houses” that are being implemented at the middle school this fall.

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Lancaster’s hiring means that there will be entirely new leadership team at VHS this fall. In June, the BOE hired Josh Cogdill, an assistant principal in the Westwood Regional School District, as the new principal at Verona High School. He takes over from Glenn Cesa, who is taking a new role as director of athletics and the head of a district-wide initiative for health services and peer leadership programs.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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