interim Principal ethel minchello


I have spent my life in education as a teacher, counselor, and an administrator. I began my career in Bayonne as a middle school social studies teacher and then as a K-8 school counselor. I was then appointed director of a federal grant program that was awarded to the Bayonne school district. My career as a building principal spans 25 years beginning in Kinnelon, then Hackensack and finally retiring in Morristown. Since my retirement, I have had the privilege of being an Interim Principal in Mt. Arlington, Morristown and Madison.


I have spent most of my career as a middle school teacher and administrator. As a middle school principal, I have had the opportunity to work with outstanding educators on “whole school reform." Much of my research and work with teachers and children revolves around these core beliefs: 1) lead democratically involving all school staff members, 2) provide a safe and healthy school environment, 3) concentrate on achieving high standards for both teaching and learning, 4) use instructional methods that prepare all students, 5) develop a caring community that is relationship driven, and 6) involve parents and community in supporting student learning. 

Favorite part of Clinton School:

Former Principal Ann Bodnar said it best, “Clinton School is a community like no other." In the short time that I have been here, I can state without hesitation that I have never been in a school that is more caring, compassionate and loving than Clinton Elementary School.


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!

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