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Sparta Education Foundation Announces New Positions

Posted Tue, Sep 8th, 2015 By Gwen Donovan

New trustee Emily Holdsworth, an eighth grade science teacher at SMS, and Joe Leone, Principal Liaison for the SEF, shown here with Dr. Dan Johnson, seated, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Staff Development for The Sparta Board of Education

Sparta, NJ—September 8, 2015—The Sparta Education Foundation (SEF) is pleased to welcome Emily Holdsworth as a trustee and Guiseppe "Joe" Leone, Principal of the Alpine School, as Principal Liaison. The SEF will also work closely with Dr. Daniel Johnson, the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Staff Development for the Sparta Board of Education.

Emily Holdsworth has been an eighth grade science teacher at Sparta Middle School since 2012. She studied middle level education with concentrations in math and science at the University of Vermont and is pursuing a Masters degree in Instructional Leadership at Centenary College. She attended public schools in Sparta and is a graduate of Sparta High School. Holdsworth was chosen to participate in a Climate Change Workshop held in Montana's Glacier National Park in 2013, and was assisted with the workshop application by SEF trustee Don Cutshall, who serves on the board of advisors for the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

Joe Leone, Principal of The Alpine School for pre-kindergarten through grade 2, will serve as an important link between the SEF and Sparta's schools as the Principal Liaison. In his new role, he will share news and information about the grant application process with teachers and staff in all five schools. Leone replaces the SEF's former Principal Liaison Doug Layman, Principal of Helen Morgan School.

Dr. Daniel Johnson is the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Staff Development for The Sparta Board of Education. Formerly the Principal of Sparta High School, he replaces Dr. Melissa W. Varley who is currently Superintendent of the Florham Park School District.

"We warmly welcome Emily and Joe to the Sparta Education Foundation, and we congratulate Dan on his new role with the Board of Education," said Dorothy LaBeau, President of the SEF. "They have all demonstrated a strong commitment to our district and we can't wait to start working together on developing future projects and funding new grants to promote academic excellence in Sparta's schools."

The Sparta Education Foundation has awarded over $598,887.00 in grants to all five of Sparta's public schools since 2006. The Foundation is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to engage the entire community in philanthropic giving that strengthens the public schools, supports teachers, and inspires students. For more information about the Foundation, visit spartaeducationfoundation.org.



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