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Sarah Paluzzi, M.Ed.

Educational Leadership

Vision for Leadership in Education

My vision for education is to help prepare students to become successful stakeholders in our changing world and communities by developing strong character, leadership, and passion for learning.  Throughout the course of my career as a leader and educator, I have empowered teachers and students to meet and exceed their potential by setting rigorous, yet achievable, goals and having the vision to see these goals through.  I have served on various district committees for curriculum and school improvement, coached teachers in new district initiatives and best practice methodologies, and developed professional development for district staff.

Work History

Jul 2014Present

Administrative Intern/Teacher Leader

Hopewell Valley Regionial School District
  • Work with CST and School Psychologist to build personal needs profiles for SPED students on PARCC
  • Representative on School Safety and HIB review team
  • Representative on 6th grade I&RS team
  • Assist with monthly safety drills
  • Assist building principal and visual arts supervisor with building budgets
  • Lead committee tasked with assessing collaborative inquiry-based learning
  • Observe teachers using the Danielson model of evaluation
  • Perform mentor/coaching duties to nontenured teachers
  • Turnkey trainer in new district technology and learning management systems
  • Implemented a number of school beautification projects
Jul 2007Present

Visual Arts Educator

Hopewell Valley Regionial School District
  • Taught, implemented, and wrote curriculum that incorporated 21st century skills and differentiated activities and assessment for grades K-8
  • Created a highly differentiated program that fosters student self-confidence, supports creative thinking and risk taking, and introduces students to a variety of different art mediums and historical movements
  • Developed functional and social objectives for students with autism in an inclusion setting; Advocated for appropriate adaptive art materials and tools
  • Conducted needs analysis, developed aligned benchmark assessments, and performed data analysis to drive instruction
  • Worked collaboratively in PLC groups with both general education teachers, special education teachers, and art teachers to create cross-curricular and integrated projects
  • Coordinated school- and district-wide student art displays, including Artsonia digital student portfolios
  • Presented and designed workshops for district professional development days
  • Nominated for Governor's Educator of the Year award in 2013


May 2015

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration

Rider University
  • 3.9 cum. GPA. Graduated with distinction
May 2011

Master of Arts in Education

Gratz College
  • Course concentrations in both general and special education, including Differentiated Instruction, Kagan’s cooperative learning, brain-based learning, disability awareness, and ADHD in the classroom
Dec 2006

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education

The College of New Jersey
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, 3.6 cum. GPA
  • Recipient of Dean’s List Fall 2004 – Fall 2006
  • Member of ASA (Art Student Association)
  • Artworks Published in both College Arts and Literature Magazines, “The Siren” and “Lion’s Eye”

Professional Memberships/Committees

  • Delta Gamma Kappa - International Professional Society of Women Educators
  • School Safety/HIB Review Team (Timberlane Middle School)
  • School Improvement Panel (Timberlane Middle School)
  • PLC Liaison Committee (Timberlane Middle School)
  • Superintendent’s District Leadership Council (HVRSD)
  • Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ)
  • Kappa Delta Pi – International Ed. Honors Society
  • Golden Key – International Honors Society