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Mrs. Jessica Swaim

I have worked in the field of education since 2007.  Prior to becoming the proud principal of Hackettstown Middle School, I served the district as its Assistant Principal for the 22-23 school year.  I was the Assistant Principal of Eisenhower Middle School in Roxbury before coming to Hackettstown.  Earlier in my educational career, I taught a variety of Social Studies courses for students grades 6 through 12.  I worked in three different NJ middle schools and two NJ high schools prior to joining the Hackettstown team.  I also have experience with the Center for Responsive Schools, using the Responsive Classroom model in my own classes and also working briefly as a Certified Trainer to teach middle level educators nationwide how to help make their instruction more fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate.
Educational Philosophy:
I believe that how students learn is as important as what they learn.  School should be a multifaceted experience for students, meeting not only their academic needs, but their social and emotional needs, as well as targeting important life skills.  Every student has the potential for growth and it is our job, as educators, to figure out how to reach and promote that potential in each child.  School should be a safe space where each child can identify multiple caring adults to whom they could turn when they are in need.
Degrees & Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History
The College of New Jersey
Master of Science (M.S.), Educational Administration
The University of Scranton
Principal Certificate
Supervisor Certificate
Teacher of Social Studies (K-12)
Elementary School Teacher (K-6)