Principal Gary Breen"It is a greater work to educate a child in the true larger sense of the word than to rule a state.” — William Ellery Channing
As Principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, it is my sincere pleasure and honor to work with the TJ and Bells families as I begin my 6th year as the building leader. Last year brought full day Kindergarten to TJ with a sense of enthusiasm and excitement from the young learners and staff working with our K population. We welcomed the Bells Kindergarten families along with our own as we worked to implement an extremely successful full day program district wide.
I am a proud product of the Washington Township School District, and my professional career has kept me here as an educator. I attended Whitman Elementary School and graduated from WTHS in 1981. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from LaSalle University, received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Rowan University, and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University. I hold certifications as a Teacher K-8, Supervisor, Principal, and School Administrator. I have spent 20 years teaching 4th and 5th grade at Birches Elementary School, and assumed the role of Elementary Supervisor in 2010. In addition to my record of success in the classroom and as a supervisor, my involvement in curriculum development has been varied and extensive.
My beliefs parallel the mission in place at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Encouraging our children to become active learners is the shared responsibility of us all. As principal, I work collaboratively to provide opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society. In addition, positive programs continue which help to instill self-worth and promote positive interactions with others. My very first days here at Thomas Jefferson, I was truly impressed with the level of dedication to education, as well as the overwhelming feeling that people care about others. Five years later, I am proud to have helped promote that strong family atmosphere here and am excited for the possibilities this year!
Gary C. Breen