Dear Smith School Families,
It is a great honor to be Principal of Helen I. Smith Elementary School. As we begin this journey together, I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with all of the Smith School families and staff members. I believe communication and collaboration are the cornerstones of a successful elementary school experience, and my door is always open. I invite you to stop in or reach out as we get to know each other in the months ahead.
I have had the pleasure of working in the field of education for over 15 years and I am extremely passionate about teaching, learning, and supporting and challenging all learners. I believe it is essential to work together as a community to educate the whole child. My educational background is in elementary education and special education. My career began as an elementary teacher in River Edge, New Jersey where over ten years I had the opportunity to teach 1st, 2nd, 5th, and K-6 resource room. I then moved into administration in Haworth, New Jersey. Over my five years in that K-8 school, I served as the assistant principal and principal.
As we look ahead to the 2017-2018 school year, I believe that we can accomplish anything we set our minds to and will continue to advance Smith School's strong educational reputation. Please join me in this pursuit as we work together to make decisions in the best interest of our children. I am confident that we can make our school an even better place for our students to grow, learn, and thrive.
Deborah J. Wunder