Brick Township Memorial High School will have a new principal in September, replacing Richard Caldes, who has retired.
The Board of Education on Thursday night voted in favor of hiring Dr. Stacie Ferrara, previously employed as a vice principal at Manchester Township High School. Ferrara will earn an annual salary of $144,725.
Ferrara “brings over 18 years of educational experience to the district,” a statement from the school district said, having served as an administrator since 2007. Officials touted several of her achievements, including increased Advance Placement course enrollment, addressing chronic absenteeism and her service on many committees. She developed a “Summer Institute” for at-risk incoming high school freshmen.
Ferrara received her doctoral degree in educational leadership from Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City. She holds a masters degree in administration, supervision and curriculum development from Georgian Court University and a bachelors degree in chemistry from The College of New Jersey.
Prior to her tenure in Manchester, Ferrara held positions of Academic Supervisor, and science teacher in the Freehold Regional School District.
Ferrara is also the creator of the local #coffeeEDU chat for educators which is hosted monthly in Belmar. The #coffeeEDU chat is a nationwide movement that offers people in the education field a casual environment to meet and discuss education topics. She resides locally with her husband Ralph and their three children.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Ferrara to Brick Township,” said Superintendent Gerard Dalton. “There were many qualified applicants for the position, but Dr. Ferrara’s strong affinity with the high school and previous work experience makes her an exceptional candidate to fulfill this role.”