Mrs. Janice Tierney was named as the Principal of Franklin School in May, 2018.
Changing careers after being impacted by the life of a child, Mrs. Tierney returned to school to obtain both special and general education teaching certifications, shifting employment from human resources to teaching special education in self-contained classrooms. After a successful general and special education teaching career in Livingston, Mrs. Tierney launched her administrative path in Bergen County after completing her Masters in Educational Administration at Caldwell University.
She joined the Summit Public Schools in August, 2014 as the Principal of the Primary Centers at Summit. This assignment included the administrative supervision of both Wilson and Jefferson Primary Centers which host the district preschool and Kindergarten programs. Highlights of her experience in the primary centers include standardization of assessment measures, expansion of the full day kindergarten program, the development of authentic learning experiences in the areas of science and social studies, and collaborative efforts to expand both language arts and technology initiatives. Additional focus in the area of social and emotional development resulted in a partnership between the Summit Education Foundation and the primary centers in implementing Positive Behavior Supports in School.
Expanding her experience and commitment to student centered authentic learning in both academic and social domains, Mrs. Tierney is excited to be joining the Franklin school community where she will continue to support the outstanding educational experience created by a dedicated and talented faculty, committed staff and highly engaged and supportive parent community.
Mrs. Tierney is married to Mike, a physical education teacher and basketball coach and has two adult children, Kelley and Michael and a new bernedoodle puppy, Mulligan.