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'Infinite Possibilities' Celebration Welcomes Entire District Staff Back to West Orange Schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Nearly 1,300 staff members from the West Orange School District gathered together for a first-of-its-kind "Infinite Possibilities" celebration on Sept. 1 to provide an uplifting start to the school year.

The award-winning Marching Mountaineers made an appearance to perform "We Are the Champions," members of the Boys Step Team danced, and WOHS Cheerleaders warmly welcomed the staff.

The event featured a keynote address by the Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D. Interim Superintendent Dr. Lauren Schoen, district principals, and board members recognized their schools, staff, and newly-tenured employees. West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore was recognized as the newly-appointed Asst. Superintendent of Schools as of November 1, 2022 and Redwood teacher Kristen Dunleavy was recognized as Essex County Teacher of the Year. From transportation, to food services, to faculty, office staff, and more, employees cheered enthusiastically for their peers. Director of Special Services Kristen Gogerty-Fitzgerald presented certificates to all district nurses.

Dr. Lauren Schoen shared, "Our community is simply amazing as are each of our staff members. It was my honor to celebrate everyone who makes such an incredible difference in the lives of the students' whose parents entrust in our care each day.  Our staff deserves nothing less than to be celebrated in a big way! After all, it is each of them who hold the key to infinite possibilities for our students!

#WeAreWestOrange #InfinitePossibilities  

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Board members Brian Rock and Eric Stevenson, Interim Superintendent Dr. Lauren Schoen, Board President Jennifer Tunniciffe, Board member Melinda Huerta, Board VP Gary Rothstein.

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Acting Director of the NJ DOE, Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D.

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Dr. Schoen with Redwood teacher Kristen Dunleavy, Essex County Teacher of the Year.

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The marching band performs "We Are the Champions."

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Assistant Principals Lesley Chung, Annette Towson, and Dr. Kim Mancarella with WOHS Principal Hayden Moore.

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WOPD Ed Diaz, Deputy Chief of Police Michael Keigher, Sgt. Jeff James.

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WOFD Angelo Tedesco and Frank Noborine.

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Board members with Kristen Dunleavy, Dr. Schoen, and WOEA President Mark Maniscalco.

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Dr. Schoen, Jennifer Tunniciffe, and Special Services Director Kristen Gogerty-Fitzgerald with district nurses.

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Cynthia Cumming
Sept. 5, 2022