Superintendent’s Message

Message From The Superintendent – Dr. James Pedersen

Dr. James PedersenDr. James Pedersen received his undergraduate degree in English and Education from New Jersey City University where he also later went on to complete one Master’s Degree in Special Education and another Educational Leadership. He completed his doctoral work at Seton Hall University in K-12 Administration.

Dr. James Pedersen started his career in education in Jersey City at Regional Day School. He then went on to teach English for the East Orange School District at Clifford J. Scott High School where he received Teacher of The Year award. Dr. Pedersen then became a high school assistant principal at East Orange Campus High School. He left East Orange School District to become the principal of South Plainfield High School.

Dr. Pedersen has taught at the post-secondary level at New Jersey City University, Felician College, Hudson County Community College, Essex County Community College and Passaic County Community College. Dr. Pedersen is the author of several articles and two books focusing on education.

I am extremely happy to be a part of the Essex County Schools of Technology District Team and look forward to working with you in serving our students.
I am aware of the high expectations of the district as well as the reputation for its talented students and teaching staff. It is my intent to continue this tradition of excellence as we move forward with exciting new programs that will only serve to shine a light on the excellence found in the Essex County Schools of Technology.

As a district, we can be proud of the many accomplishments which include:

  • Two Blue Ribbon nominations, for Newark Tech and Bloomfield Tech;
  • Brett Boon (N.13 St.), NJ Culinary Teacher of the Year – 2014-15 (2nd straight year for one of our culinary teachers);
  • Dramatic increase in number of AP courses offered and students taking the exam; and
  • Expanded programs to include Cisco certification (Newark Tech), Teacher Preparation (Bloomfield Tech), Computer Science (West Caldwell Tech) and STEM enhancement in (N. 13th St.).

I appreciate your feedback and look forward to working with all of you as we find new and innovative initiatives for our students as we prepare them for their futures.

Dr. James M. Pedersen
Superintendent of Schools