Dr. Dolores Szymanski is interim superintendent of the Shamong school district

Dr. Dolores Szymanski is interim superintendent of the Shamong school district

By Katrina Grant

The Shamong Township School District is still in the process of deciding whether it wants its own superintendent or should enter into a shared service with another township. However, in the interim, it has brought on Dr. Dolores Szymanski as interim superintendent. Szymanski is contracted to be with the school until the end of January.

Szymanski retired as superintendent of Burlington County Institute of Technology one month ago, after spending 37 years in public education in the state.

“I saw a wonderful opportunity to serve the student population of Burlington County,” Szymanski said.

Szymanski graduated cum laude from Temple University in 1974 with a bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies. She then went on to earn a master’s of Education degree in Psychology of Reading, also from Temple University. She earned her doctorate in education at Wilmington University.

Beginning her career as a social studies teacher and reading specialist in the Camden City and the Camden County Vocational Technical school districts, she spent nine years in those positions before accepting a position as an assistant principal at BCIT. She was appointed assistant superintendent in 2003.

Szymanski has also served in many leadership roles at local, state and federal education associations, including president of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. She was the 1991 recipient of the NJPSA Golden Lamp Award for Educational Excellence in Education; the 1994 NASSP/McDonald’s Corporation’s Assistant Principal of the Year; the 2000 Burlington County Outstanding Woman of the Year in the Field of Education, and the 1996 Temple University Alumna of the Year Award in the Field of Education.

Currently, she serves as a board member of the United Way of Burlington County and chairs the Education Impact Committee. She is treasurer of the Temple University Alumni Association and South Jersey chair of the Wilmington University Alumni Association.

Looking forward to the new school year, Szymanski set some goals for the school district. One of the biggest goals is to take the elements of the technology plan and make them a reality.

“We want to enhance the hardware and software for technology, have professional development for the teachers to use the new technology and put an emphasis on technology to use in classroom practices,” Szymanski said.

As K-8 education is different from high school education, Szymanski is confident the school district will meet its goals.

“Adolescence is a very special time,” Szymanski said. “A lot of challenges that are integral to high school happen in adolescence. The goals were set for the 2011/12 school year, and we are going to go as far as we can to implement those goals and put an action plan in place.”