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Welcome to the Emerson Public Schools
With over 1,200 students attending our three schools, we take great pride in welcoming you to Emerson: Home of the Cavos! As a school district steeped in a long tradition of academic excellence, student-centered learning and community spirit, we believe in the ability of our students to meet and exceed our high expectations.

As a district, we believe that it is our responsibility to provide our students with a comprehensive education in preparation for life, college and career. In addition, our schools focus on articulating, modeling and cultivating the habits of mind, body, and heart that promote the enjoyment of a fulfilling and good life. Finally, as a school community we seek to nurture the qualities of citizenship-initiative and adaptability that are central to a vibrant democracy.

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Brian P. Gatens
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Emerson Board of Education Business Administrator, Philip Nisonoff, Receives NJASBO Distinguished Service Award

NJASBO in Robbinsville, NJ has announced that Emerson Board of Education Business Administrator (BA)/Board Secretary/Assistant Superintendent Philip H. Nisonoff, Ed.D., recently was honored by the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) with a 2014 Distinguished Service Award for his long-term, continuous exemplary service.

As part of the award, Nisonoff had the honor of presenting a $1,000 scholarship from NJASBO to graduating senior and valedictorian of Emerson High School Sabrina Zatarain. Nisonoff says he chose Zatarain because of her academic prowess and involvement in the school; Zatarain was a two-sport varsity athlete, involved in student government, and participated in many other clubs and activities. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

Among just six Distinguished Service Awardees statewide, Nisonoff has served as BA/Board Secretary/Assistant Superintendent for the Emerson Board of Education since 1994. He served as the Interim Superintendent for the District from January 2012 until June 2013. Nisonoff has served as the Treasurer of School Monies for Demarest Board of Education since 2001.

In nominating Nisonoff for the Distinguished Service Award, Dana Imbasciani, president of Bergen County ASBO (BCASBO) said, “Phil’s credentials speak for themselves…and in addition, Phil is an all-around good person. He is a true professional. I am proud to say that I know Phil.”

Nisonoff served as Chairman of NJASBO's Legislative Committee from July 1998 to 2002, and is a certified School Business Administrator mentor. Nisonoff has received NJASBO’s “Meritorious Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession” (2007). A member of BCASBO, he served as president in 2001-2002. He is the recipient of BCASBO’s “Distinguished Service Award In Recognition of Outstanding Leadership and Contributions to Education” (2006), and the “Meritorious Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession” (2007). Nisonoff helped create and is the Executive Director of the Bergen County Banking Consortium. He has been a member of the board of directors of the South Bergen Workmen’s Compensation Pool since 1998, and was appointed by Governor Corzine to serve on the New Jersey Special Education Review Commission in 2006-2007.

Nisonoff is a resident of Emerson. He earned a doctorate in Education from Fordham University, and a master of arts in Educational Administration/School Business Administration from Kean University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Rutgers University.

Nisonoff has dedicated his career to education. He served as an adjunct instructor in School Finance at Fordham University Graduate School of Education from 2006 to 2008. From 1989 until 1994, Nisonoff held several positions for the Galloway Township Board of Education, including Coordinator of Management Information Systems, School Business Administrator, and teacher of Mathematics. Previously, he taught Mathematics and Computer Science at South River High School, where he also was a soccer and baseball coach.

The New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) is a professional association that promotes the highest standards of ethics and efficiency, provides its membership with professional development and support, and collaborates with entities that affect public education. The organization comprises individuals who administer or supervise a variety of operations within the school district. Examples include accounting, budgeting, data processing, environmental issues, food service management, maintenance, negotiations, payroll, purchasing and transportation.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Emerson Board of Education Business Administrator (BA)/Board Secretary/Assistant Superintendent Philip H. Nisonoff, Ed.D., (center) is presented with the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) Distinguished Service Award by NJASBO Executive Director John F. Donahue (left) and Immediate Past President Thomas J. Fanuka. Nisonoff was one of six NJASBO Distinguished Service Award winners. 

Emerson Welcomes New Director of Guidance

The Emerson Board of Education announces with great pleasure and pride the recent appointment of Kelly Riedel to the position of Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade Director of Guidance. Ms. Riedel will supervise the Guidance Department’s school counseling services, the college/career planning process, and work alongside the building administration and teachers to oversee the academic and social/emotional growth of Emerson’s 1,200 students.  

A native of Westwood, Ms. Riedel’s career has spanned all grade levels from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. After interning at Park Ridge High School, Ms. Riedel served as the K-8 Guidance Counselor at Harrington Park School, and as a high school Guidance Counselor at Ramapo-Indian Hills and Northern Valley-Demarest High Schools. “I look forward to adding to the already strong program that Emerson offers its students,” Riedel said. “A comprehensive district-wide counseling program will be a tremendous benefit to the entire school district.”

Ms. Riedel has been involved in helping students prepare and plan for academic, career and social transitions throughout their education, has worked closely with families, and is deeply familiar with the college selection process.  She is excited to begin her new role and looks forward to working with our Board of Education, students, staff, administration, and parents to continue the great tradition of academic excellence that the Emerson Public Schools are known for.

Ms. Riedel earned her BA in Elementary Education from Montclair State University and her MA in School Counseling (K-12) from Montclair State University.  She is also an active member of the Bergen County School Counselors’ Association and has participated in multiple college-sponsored conferences, tours and workshops.

The Emerson Public Schools are a highly regarded suburban school system located fifteen miles northwest of New York City in Bergen County, New Jersey.  Aptly known as the “Family Town,” and “The Best Kept Secret in the Pascack Valley,” Emerson receives national recognition and ranks near the top in student achievement among New Jersey’s demographically-similar districts. The district serves just under 1200 students in three educational centers: separate PreK-2, 3-6, and 7-12 school buildings, each with an average grade-level population of less than 100 students. Please visit our website at www.emerson.k12.nj.us.

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Phone:  (201) 262-2828

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