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Former CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron to Be Assistant Principal of Summit High

Former Columbia High School Principal Elizabeth Aaron is expected to be appointed Assistant Principal of Summit High School this September.

The news was announced on the Summit Public Schools website this morning, where it was reported that the Summit Board of Education would vote on Aaron’s appointment at its September 10 meeting.

The new job is a sort of homecoming for Aaron, who is an alumnus of the Summit district and previously worked there. “It is great to have her coming home,” said Summit Superintendent June Chang.

Aaron’s removal as CHS Principal last summer inspired a “Reinstate Principal Aaron” Facebook group and protests. In the past year, Aaron had been working on the SOMSD Integration plan as a Principal on Special Assignment. Village Green has reached out to the South Orange-Maplewood district for comment.

From Summit Public Schools:

CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron

On September 10, 2019 the Summit Board of Education is anticipated to approve the recommendation of Superintendent June Chang to appoint Ms. Elizabeth Meola Aaron as Assistant Principal of Summit High School.

Ms. Aaron has extensive experience in the high school setting as both an educator and an administrator. She taught for four years at Asbury Park High School and for seven years at Summit High School. Following that, she worked for the South Orange-Maplewood School District as a high school administrator including principal for the past five years, most recently working at the district level on research and strategic planning for instructional innovation and integration.

In her leadership positions, Ms. Aaron continually assessed the needs of her school community and focused on strengthening students’ voice and engagement. Ms. Aaron developed programs to provide acute support aligned with student needs, and she encouraged opportunities for students and staff to engage with outside community partners.

Ms. Aaron has been part of numerous professional development opportunities where she collaborated with supervisors to widen student experiences both in and out of school, deepening avenues for students to do internships, service learning, and career and college pathway exploration. “Her high level of high school experience and leadership qualities are evident. She was a Summit alumnus and a Summit staff member, and it is great to have her coming home,” said Superintendent June Chang.

Ms. Aaron earned a BA in History and Secondary Education from Boston College, as well as an MA in Teaching History from Rutgers-Newark and an MA in Educational Leadership from Kean University.

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