After the resignation of Principal Marcus Rhaney in October, the Montclair Board of Ed voted to appoint Peter Turnamian as Watchung Elementary School’s principal. He will take position on March 1, 2010.
The district’s website gives Mr. Turnamian’s professional background:
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Rochester University, in 1994 Mr. Turnamian successfully completed a year of intensive professional development at the Teach for America Professional Training Institute in Houston, TX. A New Jersey state-certified school Principal, Mr. Turnamian earned his Masters degree in Education at Harvard University in 1999.
Since 2000, Mr. Turnamian has served as Founder and Director of the Greater Newark Charter School. He is a pioneer of the “Data-Driven Instruction” model, whose work was featured in a book, “Driven by Data,” to be published in 2010.
In his career, Mr. Turnamian has been the recipient of the “Cultivating Quality Education” Award and has served as the mentor principal for the “New Leaders for New Schools” program. He was guest speaker for the Harvard University Principals’ Seminar in both 2004 and 2009, and over the past nine years has led the Greater Newark Charter School to become a model high-performing urban public school.
Prior to taking the Principal position at the Greater Newark Charter School, Mr. Turnamian served as a Literacy Spet at the Madison Park Vocational Technical High School in Boston, and as a Principal Intern at the Boston Arts Academy (1998-2000).
Between 1994 and 1997, Mr. Turnamian taught seventh-and eighth-grade Language Arts and was the founder and coach of a flag football program at Phoenix Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, AZ.