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Letter from the Superintendent: some HVRSD principals switching schools next year

by Community Contributor

Dear HVRSD Community,

In the interest of ensuring smooth transitions of leadership and honoring well-deserved requests for transfers, I am pleased to inform you of upcoming changes in our administrative team that I will be recommending to our Board of Education.

We are excited to share that Mr. Steven Wilfing, Principal of Stony Brook Elementary, has agreed to serve as Interim Principal STEM K-12. Mr. Wilfing has been in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District for 19 years. During this time he has served as a Supervisor of Language Arts, Elementary Vice Principal, and Principal of Stony Brook Elementary School. As a result of Mr. Wilfing’s leadership and content knowledge, Stony Brook Elementary recently achieved National Blue Ribbon Status–just one of the nine New Jersey public schools to receive this prestigious honor from the U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona. We look forward to having the opportunity to share his rich expertise across the district as Dr. Scott Brettell continues as interim Principal of Hopewell Elementary School.

Ms. Nicole Gianfredi, currently the Principal of Timberlane, will be transferring to Stony Brook Elementary as Mr. Wilfing’s replacement. Ms. Gianfredi started her career in HVRSD as an elementary teacher for 21 years. She has served at both Hopewell and Bear Tavern Elementary School as a Special Education/PEECH teacher. She has also served as a Supervisor of Special Education, a Vice Principal, and finally Principal of Timberlane. Principal Gianfredi’s experience supporting students’ academic and social-emotional development makes her well-suited to lead Stony Brook Elementary School. Principal Gianfredi is excited to return to her elementary roots and to continue the great culture established by Mr. Wilfing.

Mr. Christopher Turnbull, Principal of Bear Tavern Elementary School, will be transitioning to become the new Principal of Timberlane Middle School. Mr. Turnbull came to Hopewell Valley 8 years ago. During that time, Mr. Turnbull has been instrumental in transforming the culture and climate of Bear Tavern Elementary School. Before joining the HVRSD leadership team, Mr. Turnbull was a Middle School teacher and elementary and intermediate Principal in Lawrence Township Public Schools. Mr. Turnbull was named NJPSA’s New Jersey Visionary Principal of the Year. He has demonstrated a profound vision and a strength in leadership in his time in Hopewell. We are excited for him to continue his great work at Timberlane Middle School.

To determine who will replace Mr. Turnbull at Bear Tavern Elementary School, a principal search will be conducted. More information will be provided to Bear Tavern Parents regarding opportunities to share the qualities they would like to see in future candidates and to participate in the selection process and the search committee. We look forward to collaborating in finding a new principal for Bear Tavern Elementary School.


Rosetta D. Treece, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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