I began my second career, here at The Center School, in September 2012 as a high school history teacher. My experience had been a history teacher in both a private college prep school and at the community college level. After a 22-year law enforcement career, I returned to my love of teaching and found the field of special education. Since 2012, I have been fortunate to work with our students as a teacher, a supervisor, the school Principal, and now as the Executive Director. It is with this intimate insider knowledge of our school, that I can speak so informatively about our programs.
Inside The Center School
The Center School has been around for more than 50 years. Our academic programs and special services are second to none, as are our staff. Highly trained and expert in the field of special education, our teachers and support service professionals are great people to work with. But far more importantly, they are selflessly dedicated to the mission of the school. Our staff far exceed the typical expectations of a “teacher”. Their passion for their students’ success is only surpassed by their devotion to each of their students, which equals that of a parent’s.
The Center School prides itself on using a school-family partnership model which fosters a collaborative approach to student success. Our students can only be successful if we work together with our families to ensure we have a shared knowledge and understanding of the individualized needs and interests of each child. To that end, we keep open lines of communication weekly, sometimes daily, and also encourage parent involvement in our school activities and events.
I am proud to be able to lead a school which offers families an opportunity to provide an exceptional academic setting and related services to advance the lives of their children. Despite their myriad challenges, students who come to The Center School find a school where they are personally known to their teachers, can express themselves, explore their strengths, and feel comfortable being who they are. It does not matter whether they intend to go on to higher education, out into the work force, find vocational opportunities, attain more job training in a transition program, or any other avenue they wish to pursue. The foundation of those endeavors is solidly built here at The Center School.
Ronald P. Rinaldi, Ed.D.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me to discuss or take a tour of the school.
908-253-3870 xt. 301