Meet Our Administrators
DR. VINCENT CAPUTO
732-321-8700 ext. 1016
Dr. Caputo was appointed Superintendent of Schools in December 2011 and began his tenure on January 3, 2012. Before coming to Metuchen, he worked for the Clark Public School District for five years as Assistant Superintendent / Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to that, Dr. Caputo served as Supervisor of Math and Science for three years, and then Assistant Principal for three years in the Cranford Public School District. He began his career in education in the Secaucus Public School District, where he taught high school science and coached softball and basketball for ten years. Dr. Caputo earned his BS in Biochemistry from Rutgers University. His Masters degrees include an MS from Rutgers University in Food Science and an MA from Montclair State University in Administration and Supervision. He earned his Doctorate from Saint Peter’s University in Educational Leadership. He lives in Cranford with his wife and two children.
MICHAEL A. HARVIER
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR/BOARD SECRETARY
732-321-8700 ext. 1017
Mr. Harvier began working in the Metuchen School District in September 1998 and was initially employed as the School Accountant. In September 1999 he was named the Assistant Business Administrator. He has been the Business Administrator/Board Secretary since July 2004. Prior to working in Metuchen Mr. Harvier worked as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Harvier received his BA in accounting from Upsala College and MBA from Rutgers University.
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT/PRINCIPAL, MOSS SCHOOL
Assistant Superintendent, ext. 1026
Principal, Moss School, ext. 1000
Mr. Cohen was appointed Director of Curriculum and Principal of Moss School in February 2012. Before coming to Metuchen, he worked for Red Bank Borough Schools for six years as the Primary School Principal and Middle School Vice Principal for one year. Prior to that, Mr. Cohen served as the Founding Principal of Colegio Americano in El Salvador and as a School to Career/Service Learning Coordinator for Academy Charter High School (Asbury Park). He began his career in education as a corps member of Teach For America as a middle school teacher in Phoenix, AZ, where he also directed an after-school community service outreach program and coached basketball for four years. He also taught English at Escuela Panamericana's high school in El Salvador, Sociology and Civics at Academy Charter High School, and Spanish at Red Bank Primary School. Mr. Cohen earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and his Masters degree from Rutgers University in Educational Theory, Policy and Administration. He lives in Manalapan with his wife and three children.
PRINCIPAL, METUCHEN HIGH SCHOOL
732-321-8744 ext. 8742
Mr. Peragallo was appointed Acting Principal of Metuchen High School in August of 2009 and was then selected to the position of Principal of Metuchen High School in March 2010. From 2007-2009 he served as Vice Principal at the high school during which time he coordinated the Middle States Accreditation process. Prior to coming to Metuchen, Mr. Peragallo was the Supervisor of Health and Physical Education for the West Orange School District where he also served as Athletic Director at West Orange High School. For the last fifteen years, Mr. Peragallo has been an adjunct Professor at Kean University teaching a capstone course to senior Health and Physical Education student-teachers. Mr. Peragallo taught Health, Physical Education, and Driver Education in several school districts, and coached several sports at both the college and high school levels. Mr. Peragallo received his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Kean University. He also holds a BA from Kean University in Health and Physical Education. Mr. Peragallo resides in Metuchen. Both of his children attended the Metuchen Public Schools.
SUSAN LA FAUCI PAREDES
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, METUCHEN HIGH SCHOOL
732-321-8744 ext. 8742
Ms. La Fauci Paredes was appointed Acting Vice Principal in June 2009 and Assistant Principal in May 2010. Prior to being appointed to this position she was employed as the German teacher both at Metuchen High School and Edgar Middle School for ten and nine years, respectively. She has served as the advisor for the German Club and German National Honor Society. She was instrumental in the creation of such high school traditions as the annual Oktoberfest and Metuchen Cup. She has organized several overseas trips and also arranged for students to host teenagers from Germany. Ms. La Fauci Paredes also served as the Assistant Internal Coordinator for the Middle States Accreditation process, was a representative on the Instructional Council, coached basketball and softball, and chaired the MHS Health and Wellness Committee. Ms. La Fauci Paredes earned her BS in Foreign Language Education and her BA in German Language and Literature from Boston University, and she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Monmouth University.
PRINCIPAL, EDGAR MIDDLE SCHOOL
732-321-8770 ext. 8770
Mr. McPeek was appointed Principal of Edgar Middle School in July 2017. Mr. McPeek’s career in education began in 1999 when he was a teacher and coach in the Flemington-Raritan School District. In 2005, Mr. McPeek became an Assistant Principal at Auten Road Intermediate School in Hillsborough, NJ. For the past 10 years, Mr. McPeek served as the Principal of Copper Hill Elementary School in Flemington. Mr. McPeek received a BA in Elementary Education and American Studies, along with his Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership from Rider University. Mr. McPeek resides in Easton, PA with his wife and three daughters.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, EDGAR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mr. Stike began his tenure in Metuchen School District in August 2014 when he assumed the role of Assistant Principal of Edgar Middle School. He began his career in Lacey Township NJ, where he worked as a High School Band Director. Later, he wrote and implemented a curricular theatre program, expanding the offerings available to the students of Lacey Township both within the school day and extra-curricularly. Most recently, Mr. Stike was the District Supervisor of Music and Middle School electives in South Brunswick, NJ. Mr. Stike has a BS in Music Education from West Chester University of PA, an MA in Theatre from Villanova University, and an MS in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton. Mr. Stike has been an enlisted musician with the 553rd Air Force Band, Pennsylvania Air National Guard since 1998. He resides in Brick, NJ.
EDWARD C. POROWSKI
PRINCIPAL, CAMPBELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Mr. Porowski has been the Principal of Campbell Elementary School since January 2014, having previously held the position of the K-12 Supervisor of English & Social Studies for Metuchen Public Schools. Mr. Porowski started his career in education over twenty years ago as a teacher and reading specialist in Hillsborough Township and as a K-8 Supervisor of Humanities at Branchburg Township Public Schools. Mr. Porowski received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Scranton, M. Ed. in Developmental Reading from The College of New Jersey, and his Educational Leadership Certifications through the NJEXCEL Program. Mr. Porowski has presented at local, state, and national conferences including balanced literacy implementation training for multiple school districts, Rutgers Graduate School of Education’s Annual Reading and Writing Conferences, NJ School Boards Presentations, and the Regional Education Lab for the Mid-Atlantic. Mr. Porowski has also collaborated with other educators from across the state and country within his work on NJ Department of Education programming. Recently, he has been appointed a member of the ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading Committee. Mr. Porowski resides in Hillsborough with his wife and two sons.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, CAMPBELL SCHOOL
Mrs. Kirschner joined the Metuchen Public Schools in October 2012 as Assistant Principal at Campbell School. She began her career in education teaching 6th grade in the Elizabeth Public School District, before moving on to teaching 2nd and 4th grades in Green Brook. For the past 5 years, she has been employed by the Franklin Township Public School District, and has served as a Math Coach, Supervisor of NCLB/Testing, and most recently, Intermediate School Vice Principal. Mrs. Kirschner earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Rutgers University, and Masters Degrees from Kean University in Instruction and Curriculum, as well as Educational Administration. She lives in Marlboro with her husband and two sons.
DR. TANIA HERZOG
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL SERVICES
732-321-8700 ext. 1006
Dr. Herzog joined the Metuchen Public Schools as the Director of Special Services in July of 2017. Dr. Herzog previously served as the Supervisor of Special Education in North Brunswick Township Schools for 10 years. Prior to that position, Dr. Herzog worked as a School Psychologist for 7 years in North Brunswick. Earlier in her career, she also worked as a teaching assistant and a mental health crisis counselor. Dr. Herzog earned her Master’s degree from Montclair State University and her Doctorate from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Herzog resides in Highland Park with her husband and two children.
SUPERVISOR OF GUIDANCE
Mrs. Azevedo was appointed as Supervisor of Guidance in November of 2015. Before coming to the Metuchen School District, she worked in the Newark Public Schools for 19 years. She started as a Middle School Math teacher of eight years at Wilson Avenue School. After finishing her Masters, she moved on to become the Guidance Counselor at Lafayette Street School, a preK-8 school. After five years, she was chosen to become the Supervisor of Guidance at East Side High School and also served as a counselor at the high school level. In addition, she has experience as a Coordinator, specifically the Talent Development program at East Side High School, that services students considered seriously at-risk. Her final position in Newark was Teacher Coach of College and Career Readiness at East Side High School. Mrs. Suzy Azevedo earned her BS in Education at Seton Hall University and her Masters Degree from Montclair State University in Counseling. She earned her Certificate in Supervision from Kean University and her Principal Certificate through NJEXCEL. She lives in Union with her husband and two children.
SUPERVISOR OF HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
732-321-8744 ext. 8755
John Cathcart started his career in the Metuchen School District as Athletic Director and Supervisor of Health and Physical Education K-12 in 2002. Before coming to Metuchen, he was the Athletic Director for the Cranford Public Schools. He started teaching Health and Physical Education with the Newark Vocational schools in 1982 and has taught in Elizabeth and John F. Kennedy Memorial High Schools over the years. Mr. Cathcart’s coaching experience includes 20 years of coaching football, wrestling and lacrosse at various schools including Cranford and Westfield high schools. He is a graduate of West Chester State University. Mr. Cathcart earned his Master’s degrees from Kean College in Administration and Supervision and an MA in Counseling. He lives in Cranford with his wife and three children.
SUPERVISOR OF SCIENCE, GIFTED AND TALENTED
732-321-8744 ext. 3410 (MHS)
Kathleen Henn joined Metuchen Public Schools as the K-12 Supervisor of Science in 2007. The Position of Supervisor of Gifted Education was added to her responsibilities in 2009. Prior to that Mrs. Henn was a teacher at Montgomery High School, teaching a “Physics first” program and AP Physics B and C. While at Montgomery, Mrs. Henn coached a state champion Science Olympiad team. She also spent several years teaching physics, chemistry and earth science at Ewing High School and West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. Before becoming a teacher Mrs. Henn had a 12 year career in the marine industry. She worked as a naval architect/marine engineer overseeing oil tanker construction projects, as a shipping management analyst, and as a strategic planner. Mrs. Henn earned a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute, and an MBA in Finance from New York University. She also completed teaching and supervisory coursework at Rider University. Mrs. Henn and her husband live in Lawrenceville, and have three children.
SUPERVISOR OF ENGLISH, SOCIAL STUDIES and ESL
Mr. Khoudja was appointed as Supervisor of English/Language Arts and Social Studies in January 2017. Prior to joining the district, Mr. Khoudja worked for 13 years as a social studies teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ. He served as the program coordinator for his department’s student exchange program with Poland as well as an exam reader for AP World History. Mr. Khoudja was awarded a Fulbright-Hays fellowship to Egypt and Israel in 2008 as well as the Iris Chang fellowship to China in 2011. He has worked extensively in the field of Holocaust education and led numerous student tours of Eastern Europe. He earned his B.A. in History from the University of Scranton and his M.A. in History from Rutgers University. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.
SUPERVISOR, MUSIC, ART, AND WORLD LANGUAGES
Christine DeSimone began her work in Metuchen in 2004 as Edgar School's General Music Teacher. She developed a Music Technology program that garnered awards for her students, and gave her the expertise to lead workshops for NJMEA, NJEA and the NJSBA. She was named 2012 Teacher of the Year for Edgar School and the district of Metuchen, and in 2007 she received a Certificate of Outstanding Commitment for the "WBGO/NJEA Jazzy Music Teacher" Award. Mrs. DeSimone's degrees are from Montclair State University (B.A., Music Education) and Westminster Choir College (M.Mus., Piano Accompanying and Coaching), with additional conducting studies at Juilliard and the University of South Carolina. Mrs. DeSimone is an accomplished pianist, and has worked professionally as an orchestral conductor, opera chorus conductor, musical director and pianist for theater, and vocal accompanist/coach. Mrs. DeSimone recently presented a paper at Princeton University titled, "The Necessity of Including the Arts in STEM". She lives in Franklin Park with her husband, Michael, who is also a musician.
SUPERVISOR OF MATHEMATICS
AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY
Mr. Powers was appointed Supervisor of Mathematics and Technology Instruction in February 2015. Before coming to Metuchen, Mr. Powers worked the past six years as a Mathematics/Technology Coach for the Secaucus School District. He began his career in Secaucus as a middle school Mathematics Teacher in 2003. Mr. Powers also served as School Testing Coordinator and as a member of the EE4NJ advisory council, District Technology Committee and QSAC Committee. Additionally, Mr. Powers contributed as a Mathematics curriculum writer for the Hudson County Curriculum Consortium and provided various trainings for both teachers and administrators on topics such as the common core and teacher evaluation reform. He earned his BA in Mathematics from New Jersey City University and his Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Peter’s University. Mr. Powers lives in Hasbrouck Heights with his wife and daughter.