Postma heads new team to boost school performance

The new principal of EVG School Raul Sandoval and the new Edgewater Superintendent of Schools Kerry Postma.

By Douglas E. Hall

Kerry Postma, Edgewater’s new superintendent of schools has an attitude – an attitude to succeed, an attitude to overcome whatever might stand in the way of providing the best education that can be offered to the 900 students in the district’s two schools – George Washington and Eleanor Van Gelder – from Pre-K to the sixth grade.

Take for example, Common Core, an approach to education that has sparked opposition and controversy in some quarters around the country.  Mrs. Postma’s approach: “It’s here.  We’re going to do it and we’re going to do it well.”  Her philosophy is, “We are in education to meet each child where he is and bring him forth to his capacity.”

Mrs. Postma has worked her way up to the top in the local school system.  That’s a great advantage.   Her predecessor, Loraine Cella cane on board in the top job and lasted three years and three months.  Mrs. Postma came up through the ranks with an Edgewater career path that began in 2011, when she joined this district as vice principal at Eleanor Van Gelder  School,  (EVG) working under former Superintendent I. Ted Blumstein, shortly before he retired.  When the new George Washington School opened two years ago she was chosen to be its principal.

Now the school district has two new principals – Raul Sandoval, principal at EVG and Chris Kirkby, principal at George Washington. So a whole new team is in place.  Sandoval was hired away from an assistant principal’s position at Franklin Middle School in Teaneck and Kirkby comes to Edgewater from serving as principal of two schools in Demarest.

So the 39-year old newly wed (she married last year) starts off with a clean slate with her two top lieutenants who have no experience with prior Edgewater management.  That seems like the opportunity for a winning combination.  It needs to be as Mrs. Postman seems eager to embrace new techniques in education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics known as (STEM) education and then there’s the reading-writing project approached in a partnership with Leonia that calls for five visits a year from Columbia University coaches to enrich and motivate students in this area.

It’s noble work between teachers and students.  We should all wish them well.


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