Mr. Evan Kozak
Principal, The Primary Centers
Dear Learning Community,
I am truly honored to be a part of the Summit Public Schools; it is a dream come true! I have always wanted to be in the field of education. From the time I was in Kindergarten, I knew I wanted to be a teacher; it was when I was in second grade and met my teacher, I was sold! There is no better job that comes to mind that can change someone’s life and have a positive impact on a child.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature as well as my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, both from Fairleigh Dickinson University. As a life-long learner, I continued my education, earning certifications in the following areas: Teacher of Students with Disabilities; Supervisor; Principal; and Chief School Administrator. I began my career in the Livingston Public Schools as a Kindergarten teacher and also taught Resource Room for third through fifth grades. Next, I taught the primary grades in addition to the Resource Room in the Glen Ridge Public Schools. After earning my administrative credentials, I had the privilege of acting as the Interim Principal of my K-2 school. Then, I worked for Montclair Public Schools in their K-2 building where I was the Assistant Principal and later acted as the Interim Principal.
Working with the primary grades is my passion and forte. During my educational tenure, I have engaged in the following work: authoring curriculum for K2 grades in the areas of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies; increasing writing scores by creating grade-level rubrics and using data to inform instruction; incorporating Character Education into the curriculum through age-appropriate activities and opportunities; writing and earning grants in the areas of technology and STEM; as well as forming long-term partnerships with families and community members. I look forward to bringing my years of educational experience to the Summit Public Schools.
Our staff members are a highly educated, dedicated group of early childhood educators. Additional instructional support is provided by qualified paraprofessionals in each classroom. Teachers implement rich, standards-based curriculum and developmentally respectful learning opportunities including Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop, Balanced Literacy, GO Math, STEM/STEAM science and social studies exploration based lessons. Play is also an important component of our daily schedule and supports the social, emotional and behavioral development of our students.
Supporting the emerging skills of our learners extends beyond traditional academics and requires planning for authentic opportunities for students to engage in collaborative, problem-solving explorations. These lessons require learners to communicate effectively, engage both independently and with others, and experience error to build capacity for stick-to-it-tiveness and grit. Students are presented with problems and materials to build sustained, independent, focused attention to identify a problem, explore solutions and reach collaborative conclusions. These are components of our early childhood classrooms and Primary Center community.
Social, emotional and behavioral milestones are as important as academic skills in early childhood education. These are supported through the establishment of a classroom and school community with developmentally appropriate behavioral expectations. These expectations include respect for self, respect for others and respect for our school, and are supported by a single, simple overarching theme - treat others as you would like to be treated.
The Primary Centers' faculty, staff and administration are here to support your child as they begin their educational journey in the Summit Public Schools. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. Welcome!