An Interview with Kenneth Alter, Director of The Montclair and Union Deron Schools
Located in New Jersey, the Deron School provides a comprehensive, warm, and structured school experience for students with disabilities. We sat down with Kenneth Alter, director of the school, to discuss his work with the institution.
Good morning, Mr. Alter. Most of our readers are used to seeing the word “principal” associated with school leadership. Could you explain your role as director?
As a Director of the School, I provide all the management for day-to-day operations as well as future planning. I ensure that all the staff and students are provided with the necessary tools to ensure success.
That sounds like it could be quite challenging. How did you prepare for such an important role?
I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Additionally, I have a Principal/Supervisor certificate, Business Administrator’s Certificate, and Superintendent’s Certification all issued by the State of New Jersey Department of Education.
So far, what has been your best day on the job as the Director of the Deron School?
There are many good days at Deron School. Each day something occurs to let us know we are doing the right thing for students with disabilities. A particular day that comes to mind is a day when we provided opportunity for the students to interact with peers in off school hours. We were unsure of how successful the program would be. The measure of our success came out of the mouth of an 11-year-old student. He stated, “This was the best day of my life.” Another great day was when a severely learning disabled student stood up and read a story aloud for the very first time. The student was so proud and made my day brighter.
The Deron School has locations at 130 Grove Street in Montclair, NJ and 1140 Commerce Avenue in Union, NJ. For more information, visit www.deronschool.org or call (908) 206-0444.
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