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New Mountain View Principal Named

Melissa Kolenski was unanimously approved by the board of education as the Mountain View principal.

Mrs. Kolenski, the instructional supervisor at Tinc Road since 2014, had been serving as Mountain View's acting principal since the start of the school year.

"It is an honor and pleasure to be working with such amazing students, dedicated staff members, and supportive parents," she said. "I'm thrilled to be a part of this wonderful school community."

Ms. Kolenski has an energy about her, a contagious optimism, and strong and efficient leadership skills. She’s the type of person that you’d expect to have the family travel itinerary mapped out and printed for everyone a month before the trip. The veteran educator, who has a background in early childhood education and special education, originally came to Mount Olive from Middlesex. She taught third grade there at Hazelwood Elementary School for 11 years before deciding that her abilities and knowledge could serve students in a more meaningful way as an administrator; that's when she joined Tinc Road as instructional supervisor.

"Melissa has a record of instructional and buildiing leadership," said Dr. Robert Zywicki, superintendent of schools. "She's student centered and communicates well with families. For those reasons I very happily recommended her to the board of education to be the permanent principal of Mountain View."

Ms. Kolenski has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s in leadership and administration, both from Seton Hall. She lives in South Plainfield with her husband, Andrew, and her kids: Alexandria, 10, and Andrew Jr., 8. She and Andrew Sr. are avid college football fans and can be found in front of the t.v. most Saturdays during the fall, rooting for the Fighting Irish.

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