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Dr. Joseph Cordero

Principal, Jefferson School

Dr. Cordero was named Principal of Jefferson Elementary School in July of 2017.

He has a strong background in elementary education and experience as an educational leader. Before coming to Summit, Dr. Cordero began his career teaching elementary students in 2nd and 4th grade in the Jersey City Public School District. He then worked in the Curriculum & Instruction Department and Special Education Department as a Literacy Coach. From September 2012 until June 2017, Dr. Cordero was an Assistant Principal of a PreK-8 building and subsequently Principal of a PreK-5 school.

Dr. Cordero sees himself as a lifelong educator and learner. He believes every opportunity is a chance to learn. Dr. Cordero received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kean University in January of 2018. He is also the father to an elementary school age child.




Welcome to the 2019  - 2020 school year!


In Jefferson School we focus on providing on our children the opportunity to go further than we have. We want them to stand firmly on our shoulders and draw strength from our experiences so that they can have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known. For that reason, we are focus on giving our students the tools needed to achieve future betterment,  our theme is “Education for the Next Generation.”

Through this theme, Jefferson School staff and students will continue to explore: Next Generation Science Standards, and further technology integration into learning and teaching,


Academic Activities

  • Continental Math League
  • Family Math
  • Family Science
  • Family Technology
  • Family Literacy
  • Field Trips
  • National Geographic Geography Bee
  • 4/5 Annual Spelling Bee
  • Grade 3 Micro Worlds Contest
  • Robotics and Coding
  • STEAM Lab

The Arts

  • Cultural Arts Programs
  • Chorus / Orchestra / Band
  • Select Chorus
  • Art 
  • Music 
  • Jefferson Actors' Guild (JAG)
  • Talent Shows


Extra Curricular

  • Student Council
  • Roaring Jaguar TV
  • International Club
  • Bridges- Lunches for the homeless
  • Fifth Grade Fiesta
  • 5th Grade Buddy Program
  • Pack the Park
  • Jump Rope for Heart
  • Field Day
  • Intramurals
  • 5th Grade Citizenship Program
  • Jefferson School Spirit Days