Principal Ann Bodnar
This year is my 21st year at Clinton. I was a 5th grade Language Arts/social studies teacher for 9 years, assistant to the principal for 5 years, assistant principal for 4 years, and now I am in my 3rd year as principal. I am a very proud product of the South Orange/ Maplewood School District and am extremely excited to continue to be a part of this amazing community.
All students have the ability to learn, grow and lead and it is our responsibility as the adults in their lives to figure out how to tap into all of the hidden talents, potential and gifts that all our children, no matter who they are, have to offer to our community.
Favorite Part of Clinton School:
Clinton School is a community like no other. We care for and support one another in all aspects of our lives. It truly is amazing what we can do when we all have a common goal.
assistant principal Sandy Smith
I hold my undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and my Master of Educational Leadership from Montclair State. Education is my second career after working in the insurance industry in risk management and marketing for many years. I started on my educational journey ten years ago as a leave replacement teacher in first grade in the SOMSD. Since then, I have worked in a variety of grade levels and capacities including contained, inclusion, and subject specialty classes. I have, also, worked on a variety of District and school committees over the years, including ScIP, DEAC, curriculum writing, and grade level lead teacher.
It is an honor and privilege to be able to guide children as they learn and grow! To do this effectively, I believe we need to spend less time talking and more time listening to what children have to say concerning their needs in and out of the classroom! When given the opportunity, children are capable of taking responsibility for their learning, behavior, and decisions, in general. Let’s give them that opportunity!
Favorite part of Clinton School:
It’s fantastic being a member of the Clinton family. I love the upbeat and positive environment of the school. I’m excited to work every day with such supportive individuals including faculty, staff, PTA members, families, and STUDENTS! Respect of individual uniqueness is, also, a huge factor of my loving to work at Clinton School!
27 Berkshire Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040