• Dear Smith School Families,

    It is a great honor to be the Principal of Helen I. Smith Elementary School.  I truly cherish the opportunity to work with all 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 have had the pleasure of working in the field of education for over 24 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 spent five years in different administrative roles at a K-8 school in Haworth, New Jersey.  2023-2024 marks my seventh year at Smith School and I couldn't be prouder of the students and staff.   What an amazing place to work! 

    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.

    With Anticipation,

    Deborah J. Wunder