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Paramus School District

District Administration

Our district administrative team is passionate about education and dedicated to ensuring that every child in our community has access to the best public education possible. We welcome your questions and comments, so please feel free to contact any of our district administrators. We look forward to speaking with you!

Meet Our Team

Please e-mail a member of our administrative team, or call the office at (201) 261.7800 followed by the extension.

District Administration

Dr. Michele Robinson
Superintendent of Schools
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About Dr. Michele Robinson

Dr. Michele Robinson has the honor of serving as the Superintendent for the Paramus Public Schools since 2015. Dr. Robinson began her career as a teacher at the elementary and middle school levels. She has worked as a Director of Curriculum and Testing Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Principal for grades K-8. She has served as a Superintendent of Schools for nine of her twenty-eight year career in education. Dr. Robinson worked with talented professionals to create a blended learning, hybrid high school. While in the role of principal, the K-8 school that she led received the title as a School of Excellence. As Superintendent in that same district, she successfully led the high school through the turnaround process. Dr. Robinson received the award of charter school administrator of the year in 2011. She earned her bachelor’s in elementary education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, master’s in curriculum and instruction from Lesley University, and doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
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Sean Adams
Assistant Superintendent
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Steven Cea
Business Administrator/Board Secretary
Ext: 3010
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About Steven Cea

Steven Cea has been the business administrator/board secretary for the Paramus Board of Education since 2010. Prior to starting in Paramus, he held similar positions in West Milford and Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. Mr. Cea has held positions as president of the Bergen and Passaic County Associations of School Business Officials, president of the Pooled Insurance Program of North Jersey, and chair of the Renewal Committee for the North East Bergen Insurance Group. He has been recognized at the state level obtaining the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials. Mr. Cea has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University.
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Carla Alvarez
Director of Human Resources
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About Carla Alvarez

Mrs. Alvarez began her career in the Paramus Public Schools in 1990 as a special educator at East Brook Middle School after completing her student teaching in the district. She worked in a self-contained classroom, resource room and in class support settings. In 2001, she began teaching in the Paramus High School Transitional Program, teaching algebra I and II and biology as well as overseeing the work-study and career programs. From 2004 to 2007, she served as supervisor of support services, grades 5–12, and the Paramus Alternative Cooperative Education (PACE) Program that earned recognition as "Commended Partnership Program" by the New Jersey Association of Partners in Education for Special Education Community Mentorship Programs. In 2009, she became vice principal of West Brook Middle School in addition to her supervisory role, and in 2011 she was appointed as principal of Westbrook Middle School. She is currently the district's director of human resources. Mrs. Alvarez received her undergraduate degree in special education from Trenton State College of Lawrenceville, NJ, as well as a master's degree in special education with a specialization in learning disabilities through William Paterson University, which also resulted in acquiring her Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C) certification. In addition, she received a master's degree in educational technology from New Jersey City University and her administration certification through the NJ LEAD Principal Certification Program at New Jersey City University in 2007.
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Margaret Damiano
Supervisor of Student Services
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Karen Peterson
Supervisor of Special Programs
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Timothy Donohue
Director of Innovation, Instruction, and Professional Development
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About Timothy Donohue

Mr. Timothy Donohue is the director of innovation, instruction, and professional development for the district. Mr. Donohue received master's degrees in English literature and educational leadership from Montclair State University and a bachelor's degree in secondary education/English from the University of Delaware. Mr. Donohue began in the Paramus Public Schools in 2004 and taught language arts at Paramus High School for 11 years and received the Teacher of the Year award in 2012. More recently, he served as supervisor of humanities for grades 5–12, coordinating curriculum, instruction, and assessment within the humanities departments.
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Christine Diaz
Supervisor of Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability
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About Christine Diaz

Mrs. Diaz began in the Paramus Public Schools in 1998 as a 5th-grade teacher at East Brook Middle School. In 2006, she received one the nation's highest honors for teaching—the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Since 2007, Mrs. Diaz has served as a supervisor in the district, focusing on different aspects of curriculum, instruction, staff development, instructional technology, and assessment over the years. Mrs. Diaz received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from The University of Scranton in 1996 and master's degrees in environmental studies and educational leadership from Montclair State University.
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Lisa Vartanian
Supervisor of Fine, Performing, and Practical Arts
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About Lisa Vartanian

Lisa Vartanian, supervisor of fine, performing, and practical arts for the Paramus Public School District, received a master's degree in music education from New Jersey City University, and a supervisor and principal's certificate from the NJLEAD program. A former music teacher of 10 years, Lisa received the New Jersey Governor's Teaching Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Weill Music Institute, and served four years at the Master Teachers' Collaborative, writing curriculum for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Young People's Concerts. She received a Life Achievement Award in 2013 from the Education Foundation in Paramus for her work in arts education. Since her tenure as supervisor, the district has received various national and state awards including the National Association for Music Making—Best Communities for Music Education Award, the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership—Model Schools in the Arts designation, and the Governor's Award in Arts Education. Lisa writes curriculum and leads staff development for the seven arts areas she supervises. Ms. Vartanian has given numerous arts related presentations and workshops at universities, state conventions, and at the NJPSA. Lisa is an active member of the New Jersey Music Administrators Association and the Principal/Administrator and Supervisors Association of Paramus. She serves on the board of directors for the Paramus Education Foundation, the Paramus Rotary PM, and the Paramus Children's Health Foundation.
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Tiffany Goodson
Supervisor of School Counseling
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Lina Gudelis
Supervisor of Humanities, Grades 5-12
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Robert Lehmann
Supervisor of S.T.E.M., Grades 5-12
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Mattea Field
Assistant Business Administrator/Board Secretary/MIS Coordinator
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Kathleen McCann
Technology Coordinator
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Robert Autorino
Director, Buildings and Grounds
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Paramus High School Administration

Raymond J. Kiem
Principal
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About Raymond J. Kiem

Mr. Kiem earned his bachelor of arts degree with a double major in history and secondary education from Kean University. He taught Global History and AP United States History II at Teaneck High School for eight years. During his time teaching, Mr. Kiem served as the instructional leader for social studies, student activities director, head boys and girls tennis coach, and assistant coach for football. In addition, Mr. Kiem also served as the dean of students for five years. In May of 2006, he completed his master of arts degree in instructional technology from Farleigh Dickinson University. In November of 2010, Mr. Kiem completed his master of education in school administration from Rutgers University and was promoted to assistant principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School. During his time at BFMS, the school made significant strides in student achievement and the utilization of technology. Also during his time as an assistant principal, Mr. Kiem served in a district role as the supervisor of instruction. In 2014 Mr. Kiem was appointed as the principal of Paramus High School, an achievement that Mr. Kiem describes as his proudest moment as an educator. In addition, Mr. Kiem has completed coursework toward his doctoral degree in the field of educational leadership from Rowan University. Mr. Kiem is married and has two young daughters. Remember to follow Mr. Kiem on Twitter, using the handle: @MrKiem_PHS
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Dr. Mike Pilacik
Assistant Principal
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Lou Natalo
Assistant Principal
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Don Roll
Supervisor of Physical Education & Health, Athletics Director
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Middle & Elementary School Principals

Thomas LoBue
Principal, East Brook Middle School
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Ryan Aupperlee
Assistant Principal, East Brook Middle School
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Dr. Deirdre Spollen-LaRaia
Principal, West Brook Middle School
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Larry Calenda
Assistant Principal, West Brook Middle School
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Suzanne Barbi
Principal, Parkway Elementary School
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About Suzanne Barbi

Suzanne Barbi is the principal at Parkway School. She began her love of learning by earning a bachelor of arts degree in history from Providence College. After a short career in finance, Mrs. Barbi received her master's in the science of education from Fordham University. She went on to teach K–4 grade students at P.S. 49 in the South Bronx. As her role of teacher began to expand into leadership responsibilities, she left NYC to pursue her second master's in education at Harvard University, where she received her degree as well as her principal certification. After returning to New Jersey, Mrs. Barbi served as an assistant principal, principal, and curriculum coordinator in other Northern New Jersey School districts. In 2009, Mrs. Barbi became the principal at Parkway School and found her permanent home as the leader of an amazing community of learners. Mrs. Barbi is committed to creating kind, responsible, thoughtful citizens at Parkway School and thoroughly enjoys her role.
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Cynthia Hulse
Principal, Midland Elementary School
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About Cynthia Hulse

Cynthia Hulse feels fortunate to have spent her entire career in education in the Paramus Public School District. Before taking over as principal of Midland School in 2008, she taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, enrichment, and technology, and she served as the teacher in charge. Mrs. Hulse earned her undergraduate degree from William Paterson University and her MS from Ramapo College and did post graduate work through the NJEXCEL program. She is family oriented and enjoys celebrating and vacationing with them, sometimes as many as 40 family members! Mrs. Hulse is proud of the Midland School staff for their dedication to students' learning and well-being, the Midland students for their enthusiasm and bright smiles, and the Midland families for the support they give to their children and to our school. Her hope is that Midland School students will carry the Midland mantra with them throughout life: "Work hard and be nice to people!"
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Thomas Marshall
Principal, Stony Lane Elementary School
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About Thomas Marshall

Tom Marshall is the principal of Stony Lane Elementary School. A former teacher in Grades 3 and 4, he worked for four years as a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. He leads the Littogether Teacher Leader Project and Think Tank, a program to support teacher leaders around New Jersey; the Paramus Coaching Course, where he supports literacy coaches from many districts; and the NJ Literacy Leaders' Network, a learning network of over 150 principals from around the state. His summer institutes have served about 2,000 teachers in the last few years. He has presented at many state and national conferences and is the author of the upcoming Head Learner: Reclaiming the Principalship in the Name of Learning (Heinemann 2018).
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Jeanine Nostrame
Principal, Ridge Ranch Elementary School
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About Jeanine Nostrame

My name is Jeanine Nostrame, and I am the principal of Ridge Ranch School. It is my pleasure to provide leadership at "The Ranch," a place where children are nurtured and encouraged to reach their greatest potential. I am proud to say that I have spent most of my career in Paramus. I started working for Paramus Schools in 1994 as a teacher at Parkway School. With master's degrees in the field of teaching and educational leadership, I have been able to serve the Paramus Schools district in many different capacities—teacher, administrative intern, elementary supervisor, and most recently, principal. I became principal of Ridge Ranch School in 2006, and "The Ranch" quickly established a very special place in my heart. As soon as you enter our school, you will see that Ridge Ranch is a very special school with a cheerful learning environment and a warm and friendly atmosphere. We encourage parents to partner with us and be active participants in their child's educational journey. We have an active and productive PTA that supports the students with both academic and social programs. Implementing a rigorous curriculum with a focus on goal setting and continued growth, our teachers strive to make learning engaging, challenging, and meaningful. Our team of teachers and support staff are among the most talented and dedicated professionals you will find working in education, and they strive to ensure that all students receive individual attention. Our school cheer, "Yee Haw! It's a great day here at the Ranch!" reflects our whimsical, enthusiastic style of working together. I hope you will join in our enthusiasm to help our students fulfill the mission of our schools—to develop all students as lifelong learners who pursue their dreams and add value to the world.
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Laverne O'Boyle
Principal, Memorial Elementary School
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About Laverne O'Boyle

Laverne O’Boyle earned a bachelor of arts in special education and elementary education from Wheelock College in Boston. Mrs. O’Boyle taught third grade in Sidney, New York for one year and special education and E.S.L at the Ho-Ho-Kus Elementary School in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ for four years. She received her first master’s degree in the science of education with a concentration in bilingual and English as a second language from William Paterson University. She went on to teach special education students at Memorial School in Paramus for sixteen years. Mrs. O’Boyle received her second master’s degree in educational administration from Caldwell College and served as the Director of Special Services and Student Support Services for the Oradell Public Schools. Since 2009, Mrs. O’Boyle has had the pleasure of being the principal of Memorial School. She is proud of creating an environment that develops essential literacy and inquiry skills, and that hones technological skills. The warm and nurturing environment of our school engages and challenges different kinds of learners, celebrates our community’s rich diversity, and promotes kindness and empathy in all students.
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