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 families as I begin my 10th year as the building leader. Together with our new Elementary Supervisor, Janine Ryan, we work to provide the necessary resources for every child to be successful. We are proud of our teachers and staff members who give of themselves so freely to support each child in the building.
This year will again be like no other school year any of us have ever experienced. I am confident that the staff here will take on the challenges children faced with remote and hybrid teaching last year. Making connections with students is so crucial to sucess and our teachers have gone above and beyond to keep up those connections throughout the school year. The adults in the building have planned creative ways to establish and build relationships with the children here at TJ and I am excited about this start to the school year.
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. Ten 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