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 the  Principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, it is my sincere pleasure and honor to work with the TJ families.  This year brought 9 Kindergarten classes to TJ and a sense of enthusiasm and excitement from the young learners and the teachers working with our K population.  Most of the teaching staff had to relocate over the summer to accommodate this influx of students.  Each of the Kindergarten classrooms were painted, received new ceilings, outfitted with state of the art technology and furniture to support the learning taking place here.  Additionally, a new playground was installed specifically for the Kindergarten students.  It is an exciting time to be part of the full day K program here in Washington Township.  

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 will 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 will continue which help to instill students self-worth and promote positive interactions with others.  My 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 here.


Gary Breen 


Gary Breen
Mr. Gary Breen
Principal, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
(856) 589-8248 x3800