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As a distinguished public education administrator and now a published author, Andy Rose has acquired considerable expertise from addressing the many issues faced by a dynamic local community and its school system in an ever challenging environment. He has worked to shape how public education delivers instruction, provides professional development for its teachers, holds students and schools accountable, and affects the way students learn.
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
From 1984 to 2009, Dr. Andy was Chief School Administrator (superintendent) for the Norwood Public School District in Bergen County, the most populous county in New Jersey. Part of the New York metropolitan area, Bergen ranks 16th among the highest per capita income counties in the U.S.
In his 25 years as an administrator, four years as an elementary/middle school principal, and thirteen years as a teacher of inner-city children on Manhattan’s lower east side, “Dr. Andy” has worked with an array of public and private interests - from administrators, school boards, teachers and their unions to parents, communities, government entities and politicians, news media, corporations and students.
Such wide experience, combined with his distinguished academic credentials, has resulted in a breadth of expertise. Andy is well versed in the planning, implementation, management, and marketing of education services. He also has specialized knowledge in the intricacies of front line risk assessment and mitigation as well as crisis management for the myriad of situations imposed upon school systems by contemporary society.
Passion fueled early on from work in the inner-city
Andy’s passion for children and their ability to access the best America’s public schools could offer was fueled early on from his experience as an administrative intern and assistant for the New York City Public Schools (1976-80), and as a teacher on the lower east side of Manhattan (1967-80).
He gained a further understanding of urban youth as director of a summer program for Mobilization of Youth, a federally funded community initiative (1966 & 67) and as a parent liaison and Youth Group Leader at St. Augustine Chapel - also on the lower east side of Manhattan (1963-67).
Credibility underscored by scholastic and professional accomplishment
Over the years Dr. Andy has steadily grown a reputation as a credible advocate for education excellence; a position of leadership that has been earned, in part, from his own distinctive scholastic and professional accomplishments. As a young father raising three children with his wife Vivian, also an accomplished educator, he completed advanced studies to earn a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Teachers College at Columbia University (1990).
His doctorate capped years of study that included an Advanced Certificate in Educational Administration and Supervision (1982) as well as an M.A. in Elementary Education (1973) from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Music Performance (1967) from Queens College.
During his active years in professional associations, he concurrently served as president of the Bergen County Association of School Administrators, the Northern Valley Administrators Association, and the New Jersey Region III Special Education Council.
Dr. Andy’s Norwood career was distinguished by the forging of stronger ties between the school and community. He raised student academic scores as well as teaching standards, and helped to pass budgets during often challenging circumstances. His contagious vision rallied support for new projects, such as significant enhancements to special education programs and the district’s expansion of community outreach initiatives. By making the building of effective relationships between the school, parents, and at the community-at-large a priority, Andy helped secure more than $1 million in donations to the school from local organizations and steadily increased the recruitment of more qualified teachers.
In 1990, Andy’s district received special recognition in the New Jersey Department of Education’s monitoring inspection for its overall organization scheme, particularly for the well conceived multi-cultural programs, and for teacher record keeping in the special education area.
He is the 2008 recipient of the Bergen County Distinguished Service Award for Leadership in public schools and in 2009 was honored with the designation of “Andy Rose Day” in the town of Norwood, New Jersey, by Mayor James Barsa. Earlier in his career he received an Exxon Corporation grant to develop a reading program to close the gap between reading skills and test-taking.
New frontiers to conquer
Now retired from his education career, 'Dr. Andy' is influencing new constituencies as a published author, speaker, and workshop facilitator.
From July 2009 to December 2010, he served as a special consultant to the Director of Region III in Demarest, New Jersey (a town in Bergen County), helping to oversee special education programs and services along with their seven elementary school districts in Northern Valley, the Northern Valley Regional High School, and for 35 other Bergen County school districts that chose to send classified students to the Region III programs.
Dr. Andy and his wife Vivian are active workshop presenters and conference speakers. They presented several times at the Annual Conference on Character Education at the SAGE Colleges in Albany, New York. As a published book author, Dr. Andy also participates in the Hudson Valley Writers' Workshop and the Blodgett Library Writers' Group in the Mid-Hudson Valley.