Updated January 10, 2019: This story has been updated to not that Bodnar’s new title — Director of Curriculum — differs from the title of Dr. Donna Rando who resigned as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum last fall. The job description for the new position is now posted below; find it on pages 5-6 of the Personnel Fiscal Resolution of December 17, 2018.
Clinton Elementary School Principal Ann Bodnar is the new Director of Curriculum for the South Orange-Maplewood School District.
Bodnar will be taking on the role of Director of Curriculum after Donna Rando announced her resignation late last year as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum. Bodnar’s effective start date is February 1, 2019.
According to SOMSD spokeswoman Suzanne Turner, Bodnar will be sending a letter to the Clinton community shortly. Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Ficarra forwarded the following statement regarding Bodnar’s appointment:
“I am pleased to announce that the Board of Education approved my recommendation of Ann Bodnar as the new Director of Curriculum. Ms. Bodnar has not only devoted her career to SOMSD – having been a teacher, the Assistant Principal, and currently the Principal of Clinton School – she is a graduate of SOMSD herself. Ms. Bodnar has been a key influencer on matters of teaching, learning, standards, data –driven instruction, and policy for several years. Ms. Bodnar is a trained SEED facilitator, and has worked with administrators across the district and with Clinton staff, as well as consulting with Seton Hall staff and students, on bias awareness and developing culturally inclusive curriculum. She has already taken a leading role in the brainstorming for elementary reconfiguration, which will be one of her first major projects as Director of Curriculum.”
The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education voted 8-1 to approve Bodnar’s appointment this evening during the action segment of the BOE’s annual retreat. The sole “no” vote came from Johanna Wright.
Bodnar was recently featured on a podcast highlighting her leadership skills; watch it here.
Bodnar was appointed Principal of Clinton in November 2015 and took over from former Principal Patty O’Neill in January 2016.
She received a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in English from Kean University in 1996 and an MS in Educational Administration in 2011 from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. She served as a second grade paraprofessional at South Mountain Elementary school for six months before taking a position as a fifth grade teacher at Clinton Elementary School from 1998-2007. From 2007-2011 Bodnar served as Assistant to the Principal at Clinton Elementary School and from 2011 to the present has served as the Assistant Principal at Clinton Elementary School.
News of Bodnar’s departure on social media elicited posts of “Nooooooooooooooooooo!” from several Clinton School parent, but all said she was a good choice for her new role. One parent wrote, “What a great loss for the Clinton community and hopefully a gain for the entire district.”