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Board of Education Appoints Melissa McMahon as Preschool Supervisor and Community Parent Involvement Specialist

Melissa McMahonThe Washington Township Board of Education has appointed Melissa McMahon as Supervisor of the District’s Preschool Program and Community Parent Involvement Specialist at Grenloch Terrace Early Childhood Center (GTECC) effective August 1, 2022. The newly created position is being funded through the Preschool Education Aid (PEA). 


McMahon will be working closely with GTECC principal Christina Cox to assist with budgeting, recruitment and outreach efforts, and the implementation of the comprehensive preschool curriculum. McMahon also will collaborate with Head Start and private providers to implement programming, will develop the District’s family services program, and will lead the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC). 


“We are so pleased to welcome Melissa McMahon to our expanding preschool program,” District Director of Elementary Education Gretchen Gerber said. “Her expansive experience with the New Jersey Department of Education requirements for preschool education and the PEA funding will be an asset to our District and to our youngest learners and their families.” 


“Parent involvement in our preschool program is a huge component of our program and essential for our students’ growth and success,” Cox said. “We welcome our parents to come into the building and take part in our varied units of study, and Mrs. McMahon will play a key role in this partnership.”      


McMahon arrives in Washington Township from the Vineland Public Schools, where she has eight years of experience as a preschool teacher and an additional three years as a kindergarten teacher. She holds a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Capella University and is seeking a second master's degree in School Administration from Rowan University. McMahon also holds a standard certificate in Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3 and Supervisor, and she holds a provisional certificate in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, all from Rowan University. She was the 2016-17 Governor’s Educator of the Year Award recipient.