A Message from Dr. Fiander

A Message from Dr. Fiander
Posted on 08/22/2016

Dear Clinton Township School District Faculty, Families, and Friends,

How wonderful it is to become part of this vibrant learning community! During the interview process, I did all I could to learn about the school district, its mission, its program, its philosophy, and its practices.  What I couldn’t wait to do is learn more about the people.  From where I stand, this is a place that values children and seeks not only to help them become smarter, but to also become their best selves.  It is here where children do, indeed, come first.  I am so eager to meet them, the teachers whose works inspires them daily, and the parents who put their trust in all of us. 

To become part of your school district and its future is a gift for which I am grateful, and I look forward to personally connecting with you.  While face-to-face conversations are preferable in getting to know each other, I am happy to share some things with you about myself in this brief introduction:  I am the only sister of three brothers; an avid fan of live theatre (particularly musicals); a genetically predisposed lover of animals (just ask my spoiled miniature poodle, Little Harry Chapin, and recalcitrant Chihuahua, Sophie – both “rescued me” when lovingly spared a doom fate in Kentucky two summers ago, and transported north by volunteer rescue workers); passionate about books (ever hopeful that bookstores survive this electronic world); consider myself adaptable, having moved 30 times in my life (Dad worked for AT&T – having us move as much as military); and, forever in awe and grateful to be spending my life’s work for and with children. 

My career in education began as first grader in Suitland, Maryland, and I have been in school or working for schools ever since.  A Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School graduate, my parents sent me to college in Oklahoma, hoping my older brother who was already there would keep an eye on me. I earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Baptist University, an M.A. in Educational Administration from Northeastern State University, and an Ed.D. in educational administration from Oklahoma State University. From serving as a public school teacher, and elementary and middle school principal in Oklahoma, to becoming the first middle school principal in Bernardsville, New Jersey – to Superintendent of Schools in both Warren Township and Chester Township, NJ, the past 16 years were spent as Head of two independent day schools. 

My heart always seems to be pulled toward public education, and it is an absolute joy to return.  I look forward to all that we will be able to accomplish together on behalf of the children of Clinton Township.  Until we meet, may happiness find you at every turn.

Warm regards,

Pamela C. Fiander, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent