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    Contact Anne H. Gallagher
    NJASA Director of Communications
    609-599-2900, ext. 126


    New Jersey Special Education Administrator of the Year

    Special Ed Administrator of the Year

    Whitney R. Perro, Director of Special Services, New Milford School District, was selected as the New Jersey Special Education Administrator of the Year.  This prestigious annual award in its fifth year award is sponsored through a partnership between the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), the New Jersey Association of Pupil Services Administrators (NJAPSA), and Frontline Education.

    NJASA Titanium Sponsor Andrew Horelick, Frontline Education, and one of the sponsors of this award said, “Whitney Perro is an excellent role model for all aspiring special education administrators to emulate. She is a results-oriented administrator who continually strives to improve the quality of education for students with special needs through her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm.”

    This award recognizes a special education administrator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in providing services to students with special needs and whose work reflects the highest professional and ethical standards.

    A West Milford resident, Perro developed the Wings Academy – a community-based program for students aged 18-21. She was influential with designing a state-of-the- art facility for middle school Autistic population that includes a full working apartment within a classroom to support daily-living skills.

    An active member of the Bergen County Advisory Committee, she speaks frequently on disability-related issues. Perro graduated with high honors when she received both her Master in administration from William Paterson University and her undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University.  Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree at Walden University.

    The selection qualifications for the New Jersey Special Education Administrator of the Year include: dedication to students with disabilities and their families; demonstrated exemplary contributions to the field of special education; respected by colleagues for leadership qualities; demonstrated distinguished level of professional and ethical standards; knowledge of special education law; demonstrated leadership in special education process and improvement to enhance compliance and best-practices; demonstrated vision for the use of technology in education and program administration; active role in providing professional development for staff; and active role in professional organizations, regional groups and/or community affairs.


    About NJASA:
    The New Jersey Association of School Administrators is an organization of chief education officers and school administrators who lead school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties. The Association’s mission is to ensure a superior statewide system of education. Through ongoing professional training and education, the Association shares knowledge among its members about best practices from both educational and administrative perspectives. Its goal is to move education forward by ensuring the highest quality of instruction for all New Jersey children. The Association is located at 920 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618-5328. For more information -- PH: 609.599.2900 / Fax: 609.599.9359 / website: www.njasa.net.
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