Jeanne Muzi, a veteran teacher in the Lawrence Township Public Schools, has been named the next principal of the Slackwood Elementary School.
Muzi was appointed to the post on May 23 by the Board of Education. She will replace Jay Billy, who is being transferred to become the principal at the Ben Franklin Elementary School.
There was a round of applause from attendees at the meeting after board members voted unanimously to name Muzi as the new principal. She will assume her new duties July 1 and will be paid $113,000.
“I am very excited and I can’t wait to step into my new role,” Muzi said.
Muzi, who has taught in the Lawrence Township school district for 16 years, was named the 2008 New Jersey Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education.
She began her career in the district as a first grade teacher at the Ben Franklin Elementary School. For the past six years, she has been the enrichment specialist/gifted and talented program teacher for the four elementary schools.
“I have been a part of the Slackwood Elementary School community for six years,” Muzi said. “I have worked closely with the students, teachers and parents.”
Muzi holds a bachelor’s degree in art from Eisenhower College of Rochester Institute of Technology. She earned a teaching certificate from Rider University. She received a principal’s certification from the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association through the New Jersey Excel program.