August 23, 2016
Dear Maplewood Middle School Families:
I am thrilled to announce that, last night, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Mrs. Dara Gronau as the new Principal of Maplewood Middle School.
Mrs. Gronau comes to SOMSD with a wealth of experience as an instructional leader. Mrs. Gronau received her MA in Administration & Supervision from Montclair State University, NJ and her BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, TN. Mrs. Gronau recently served as district supervisor of ELA and Media in Ridgewood Public Schools and served as High School Principal at West Side HS in Newark, NJ. Prior to her appointment as principal in Newark, Mrs. Gronau served as the high school assistant principal at West Side HS in Newark, Resident Principal in the New Leaders for New Schools program and teacher for Teach for America. Mrs. Gronau will begin on August 24th.
As a graduate of and former track star at Columbia High School, Mrs. Gronau is very familiar with our community.
Many thanks to the staff and parents who served on the search committees, and attended the Meet and Greet last week to help us identify the best candidate to lead Maplewood Middle School.
I hope you will join me in welcoming Mrs. Gronau this fall.
John J. Ramos
Dr. John J. Ramos, Sr.