This year begins a new and exciting chapter in our school's rich 46-year history as Mr. Charles Zimmerman opens the school year as the newly-appointed principal of Wedgwood Elementary. As a long-time Washington Township resident and father of three former Wedgwood students, Mr. Zimmerman comes to our school with first-hand knowledge of the needs of our school community.
Mr. Zimmerman, who is beginning his 18th year as a public educator in the state of New Jersey, comes to Washington Township after spending the past two years as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at West Deptford Middle School. There, he developed a building-wide implementation of Google Apps for Education and Google Classroom, served as school testing coordinator for PARCC and NJ ASK Science, and oversaw the evaluation and adoption of the online textbook series for social studies and mathematics. He also oversaw the design and implementation of STEM coursework in engineering design, creative computing, and digital design/3-D printing for students in grades 5-8.
Prior to his role in West Deptford, Mr. Zimmerman was the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning for two years at Haddonfield Memorial High School (2012-14), where he supervised all curriculum, instruction and assessment in all content areas. He served as the school testing coordinator for all state and Advanced Placement testing for nearly 800 students in grades 9-12. He led the staff through a pilot year implementation of the EE4NJ teacher evaluation program, ultimately transitioning his teachers toward implementation of the Achieve NJ evaluation system. While in Haddonfield, Mr. Zimmerman was responsible for the addition of numerous courses in subjects varying from Engineering, Music Appreciation, Yoga, Financial Literacy, and Mobile Apps Design.
Before joining its administration, Mr. Zimmerman was a video production/digital photography/web design teacher for three years (2009-12) in the Haddonfield School District. He taught television production and journalism in the Pemberton School District for five years (2004-09), and TV journalism and English in the Bridgeton Public Schools for five years (1999-2005).
Mr. Zimmerman received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Secondary Education/English from Rowan University. He earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Technology from Wilmington University in 2003, and then added a Master of Education in School Leadership in 2007. He holds New Jersey education certificates as a Teacher of Television Broadcasting, Teacher of English, Supervisor, and Principal.
When he's not cheering his children on from the sidelines of a township sporting event, Mr. Zimmerman enjoys spending time with his family and playing music.