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Executive Director's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As the new Executive Director at Sussex County Charter School, I am excited and honored to introduce myself in this letter. As a stakeholder in the lives of your child’s future, I want to tell you about myself before we meet in September.

I have been a teacher and coach at Mountain Lakes for the majority of my twenty-four year career in education. My seven years of administrative experience spans grades six through twelve, including district and Charter schools, in both urban and rural settings. I was the Vice Principal of Montgomery High School and Principal of both Hopatcong High School and Hoboken High School. My Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, as well as my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, were both earned at Montclair State University.

Along with staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Sussex Charter School; my primary concern is to build strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and community partners. The most important quality I want you to know about me is that I care about every student in the school and I make a point of knowing my students as individuals. I keep an open door policy for all students, teachers, and parents. Hence, I welcome and look forward to your input as I make myself available and approachable to you and your child.

I feel that my responsibility is to ensure your child receives a quality education within a safe, respectful, and stimulating environment. I make every decision with an open mind and active listening. Leadership is humbling. I once heard a quote that I refer to when I am tempted to let my ego judge others: “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are humble and those who are about to be.” I choose humility.

My humble approach to leadership is based on my grounded view of myself. I know what I know and I know what I do not know. I look for my teachers to provide expertise in content areas and, when needed, I rely on reaching out to my network of experts that I have worked with in different districts. I am also open to the possibility that my current paradigms may not be flawless. Hence, I will continue my custom of approaching every decision with an open mind and active listening.

On a personal note, I live in Rockaway Boro, New Jersey, with my husband Jim and twelve-year- old daughter, Cassidy. As a parent, I am a firm believer in the home/school connection. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments—or just to introduce yourself.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you in September.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Noreen Lazariuk
Executive Director
Sussex County Charter School