Dr. Richard Katz, one of Montclair’s own adjunct professors, has been appointed as Superintendent for the East Windsor Regional School District. This PK-12 district includes a student population of over 5,000 student and over 700 professional and support staff. The Board of Education unanimously decided to hire Dr. Katz in this influential role.
Having obtained his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Montclair State University, Dr.Katz now teaches undergraduate education courses that focus on leadership and supervision. He also earned a Doctorate of Education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Katz served in several districts starting as a pre-kindergarten teacher and moving up to be a principal and superintendent at numerous schools. His experiences in diverse settings have given him multiple perspectives on various methods and practices. Dr. Katz wants to utilize these skills to better the East Windsor Regional School District. When asked what he was looking forward to the most, Dr.Katz responded “I think for me the biggest appeal is that they have a very clear and precise focus on education, and on being innovative and progressive, and trying to really provide students with opportunities for whatever they want opportunities to do. It’s about tailoring what you do to the students that you have.”
Dr. Katz advises students who are entering the field of education administration to focus on the people you surround yourself with. He states, “it’s more about finding people who understand how children learn, and having a real sound philosophy and a strong work ethic. You can learn any type of program, but some things are a little more intrinsic.” He also encourages students pursuing education administration to gain a broad perspective of education across the country to integrate different opportunities for the students.