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CHANGES IN SCHOOL: Newark CSD names new Director of Pupil Services

Newark Central School District’s Department of Pupil Services is undergoing changes.

In February, Monica Stadler, who had served as Assistant Director of Pupil Services for a year and a half, became the new Director of Pupil Services when Jen Singer left the job to become the School Program Director at the School of Holy Childhood in Rochester.

Meanwhile Sara McLean, who is one of the Kelley School psychologists and has been chairing the district’s Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings since February, will become the full-time CSE chairperson April 24th.

Both are really looking forward to working together in a full-time capacity.

“Jen Singer had such a positive impact on Newark, and I’m grateful that Sara and I will continue that work to continue to serve our students,” Stadler said.

McLean agreed. “The fact that Monica has as special education background and I have a psychology background give us a well-rounded perspective to support the needs of our students,” she said.

During the 2016-17 school year, Stadler had served as a Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) as the district’s CSE chairperson. The previous year, she interned in an Assistant Principal’s role at Perkins School and as chair of the NCSD Committee on Pre-School Special Education. Thirteen years before that she was a Special Education teacher at Newark Middle School.

Stadler, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Special and Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from SUNY Geneseo, received her Certificate of Advanced Studies from the University of Rochester.

McLean, who has worked as a school psychologist in the NCSD for 12 years began at Perkins, then worked at both Lincoln and Kelley and now just Kelley in that capacity, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Clemson University; her Master’s Degree in psychology from Alfred University. She is also pursuing her administration certification.

“I’m thrilled that we will have a smooth transition as Monica Stadler takes over for Jen Singer as our Director,’’ Superintendent Matt Cook said. “This is a vital area within the administrative structure and Monica has been working closely with Jen over the last few years and is acutely aware of our strengths and needs.  Sara McLean has been an outstanding school psychologist for many years at Newark and was the consensus choice after a very competitive and open search process.  We are looking forward to her being able to get started in her CSE Chair role after the April break and welcome her to the team.”