John C. Anzul, Ed.D. - Superintendent
Dr. John C. Anzul has served as an educator for over twenty-five years. He started his career as a teacher of English-Language Arts in grades 6 – 12. Following eleven years in the classroom Dr. Anzul served as a school and district administrator in Denville, Parsippany-Troy Hills, and Hoboken. Most recently he has been the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction of the New Brunswick School District for six and a half years.
As an administrator John Anzul is strongly committed to building a district-wide community that is devoted to the overall development of every student. His vision of the ideal district is one in which administrators, teachers, and support staff work together with parents and the larger community to address the intellectual and emotional needs of students in a safe and healthy environment. He works hard to see that building administrators and teachers not only stress academic excellence, but also instill within students an understanding of what it means to be productive and contributing citizens of a democratic society, with a high level of respect for the rights of others. He has consistently worked to develop a collegial spirit among staff members, and to provide an administrative structure within which teams of school leaders and teachers are actively involved in planning for instructional improvement and increased student achievement. In addition, he works hard to inspire all staff members to achieve their maximum level of professional development. The district-wide communities that he has helped to build resonate with a love for learning, and a passion among all of the members for achieving personal excellence.
Dr. Anzul earned his teaching degree from New York University, and his doctorate in Educational Administration from Seton Hall University in 2009. He was a finalist for both the Phi Delta Kappa Dissertation Award, and the International Mentoring Association’s Distinguished Dissertation Award. The topic of his dissertation was on the mentoring and induction of beginning school principals, and he has mentored more than 26 provisional administrators as part of the NJ-PSA Leaders-to-Leaders mentoring program for school leaders.
He has also published articles on professional mentoring programs for teachers ( Kappa Delta Pi Record , 2000), and on the teaching of poetry in middle school ( Voices From the Middle , 1997). In addition, he has presented workshops at a number of professional conferences. Most recently he presented at the NJ-ASA Workshop Series on Data Team Management, and on Social and Emotional Learning at a regional ASCD conference. John Anzul was appointed to the Rutgers University Gifted and Talented Advisory Board in 2013, and he is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Middlesex County Gifted and Talented Consortium. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the College of St. Elizabeth, a published poet, and a gardener. He has been married to wife Ann for over 26 years, and has five children.
Nicole C. Schoening, CPA SFO – Business Administrator / Board Secretary
Brian Mistretta - Director of Special Services
Mr. Mistretta joins the Oradell Public School in July 2014 in the role of Supervisor of Student Services. A third generation Ramsey resident, Mr. Mistretta graduated from Ramsey High School and then Fordham University in the Bronx, NY, where he majored in American Studies, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science.
After working for a few years outside of the field of education, Mr. Mistretta earned a Masters of Education through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program (Cohort 7A) while he served as a middle school special education teacher in the Parkchester section of the Bronx and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. During that time he was also served as a middle school boys’ basketball coach and program coordinator for the YMCA’s Jr. Knicks basketball program.
After working as a special education teacher at a charter school in Camden, Mr. Mistretta enrolled and subsequently graduated from Rutgers University (Camden campus) with a Masters of Public Administration, focusing his studies on Educational Leadership. He has held several administrative positions over the past few years including Pupil Services Supervisor and Principal.
Megan Bozios - Principal
Ms. Bozios is thrilled to serve the OPS community as principal. Prior to coming to OPS to serve as assistant principal during the 2012-2013 school year, Ms. Bozios spent fifteen years at Orchard School in Ridgewood where she taught first, third, fourth and fifth grades; facilitated staff development courses in literacy, mathematics and technology; and was involved in many aspects of school operations, including lunch supervision, mentoring new teachers and website management.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University, a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Ms. Bozios loves the world of the elementary school. She loves working collaboratively with parents, teachers, staff and students to create a strong, positive, interdpendent community where people matter and learning soars!
Michael Hagopian - Assistant Principal Grades K-3 and Supervisor of Special Areas and Technology Integration
Michael Hagopian is delighted to serve in the role of assistant principal after joining the OPS administrative team in 2015 when he served as the supervisor of instruction. Previous to his arrival at OPS, Mr. Hagopian was a classroom teacher in the Westwood Regional School District where he taught grades one and five. Based on his experiences, he understands the academic and social challenges related to teaching students at different developmental levels. During his time in Westwood, he completed his administrative internship and demonstrated his knowledge of effective instructional practices.
Mr. Hagopian has a firm belief that by establishing close relationships among staff, students, and families, we can cohesively strengthen our school community and provide children with a safe and rigorous learning environment. Mr. Hagopian earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Dominican College, a Master of Science in Teaching Elementary and Special Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, and most recently a Master of Science in Educational Leadership at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He is committed to work tirelessly to be sure that the educational goals of OPS are reached and the needs of students, teachers, and families are met.
Michelle Hawley - Assistant Principal Grades 3-6 and Supervisor of Math and Science
Michelle Hawley is excited to be joining the OPS learning community as assistant principal September 2017. Mrs. Hawley is passionate about laying a strong foundation with elementary students so they can learn to think critically, to work with others to solve problems, to treat others with compassion and respect, and to be active members of community life. With over 20 years in education, Mrs. Hawley understands the importance of working with students, teachers, parents, and the community to establish a strong learning environment.
Mrs. Hawley began her career teaching elementary students in Pennsylvania and Cedar Grove, NJ. She comes to Oradell from her latest position as Elementary Instructional Facilitator in Summit where she worked for seven years as an instructional coach and completed her internship for administrative leadership. Prior to her work in Summit, Mrs. Hawley was an Instructional Strategies Specialist at IDE Corp where she trained and assisted teachers and administrators in the creation of student centered classrooms.
Mrs. Hawley has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and early childhood education from Kutztown University, a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College, and her Administrative Leadership Certification from Montclair State University. She is looking forward to creating strong relationships with the students, staff, and parents of OPS so that our children and community can grow.
Jenna Lipton - Supervisor of Language Arts and Social Studies
Mrs. Lipton joins the OPS team from Montville Township Public Schools where she served as a K-5 Instructional Coach and Reading Specialist. She was responsible for school-wide professional development, teacher coaching, as well as the assessment and placement of struggling students into Basic Skills Instruction. Prior to moving to New Jersey, she taught sixth grade English and Social Studies in three New York City Public Schools including the high performing Salk School of Science. She also served as the Humanities Department Chairperson for three years and was a curriculum writer for the NYC Social Studies Core Curriculum Initiative.
Mrs. Lipton received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, a Master of Science degree in Literacy Acquisition and Development from the City College of New York and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has presented at numerous educational conferences including the International Literacy Association.
Mrs. Lipton believes that students learn best when given tools to explore the world while being presented with opportunities that allow them to make meaning for themselves and discover the broader connections. She is excited to be part of the OPS community of learners where everyone grows together.