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RFH Names New Educational Leader




Debra (Edelkraut) Gulick was unanimously approved as Superintendent of Schools for the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional School District on Tuesday, February 26, according to Board President John Caruso. Gulick has served NJ public schools for twenty-five years, and is currently the Chief Academic Officer for Secondary Schools in the Edison Township Public School District. She previously served as Director of Curriculum & Instruction, as well as Director of Staff Development & Evaluation in the East Brunswick Township Public Schools. Her appointment concludes an over year-long process initiated by the Board of Education upon notice by Dr. Peter Righi of his plan to retire at the end of the current school year.  Dr. Righi has been with the District since 2000, initially employed as Principal and later in 2005 as Superintendent. Ms. Gulick’s appointment takes effect July 1, 2019.

"The Board is excited to welcome Ms. Gulick to our district and to the community we serve.”  Board President John Caruso said. “The hiring of Ms. Gulick as the district's next Superintendent follows an extensive search that began over a year ago. Input from the community, faculty and staff was utilized by the Board to identify the next Superintendent’s focus areas. After reviewing dozens of applications, the Board invited a large pool of highly accomplished applicants to participate in a comprehensive multi-round interview process. Ms. Gulick stood out from the field of candidates for her leadership experience and proven track record in making student-focused decisions that support academic success. She has in-depth knowledge of instructional strategies and a breadth of experience in curriculum. The Board was excited about the program initiatives she shared during her interviews and is confident that her educational philosophy will be well-received throughout the district. Her strength as a communicator and collaborative leader, which are focused on building positive relationships, will no doubt add to our district’s successes. Ms. Gulick will be a great match for our staff, students and the community at large."

Gulick says that she is looking forward to joining the Rumson-Fair Haven community.  “I have been fortunate to serve as a mathematics teacher and leader in East Brunswick High School, Howell High School, Middlesex County College and Rutgers University, and know that the most important work done in any school district takes place in each classroom.”  Gulick feels that her experience in curriculum design and professional development can contribute to Rumson-Fair Haven, a district she believes is committed to providing a high-quality education for every student. “I look forward to building upon the successes enjoyed by Rumson-Fair Haven students under Dr. Righi’s leadership. I intend to work with RFH’s dedicated staff to expand opportunities for students so that they may reach their personal goals and feel well-prepared for their futures.”   

Gulick has been actively involved in NJ professional organizations serving on state-wide committees, making formal presentations, and mentoring aspiring leaders.  She was selected by the NJ Department of Education as one of the original three Content Development Team Leaders for the Achievement Coach project, a teacher leadership professional development initiative that reached more than 3500 teachers across the state. She has presented for various organizations on student-centered education, on fostering equity and teacher leadership. Gulick holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kean University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Lafayette College. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Education Leadership at Rowan University.

Together with her husband, Gulick enjoys spending free time with their four grown children and three grandchildren.