Joan C. ZuckermanJoan C. Zuckerman
Antheil Elementary School
Ewing Township Public Schools
Ewing, New Jersey

Joan Zuckerman has led Antheil Elementary for 15 years. She considers her restructuring of the school’s communications program the most significant accomplishment of her principalship. The changes she spearheaded ensure that teachers address each child’s learning needs in reading, writing, and spelling with individual instructional support, including continual monitoring for progress. Teachers have received extensive training to provide such support. Located in an urban rim community, Antheil Elementary serves 752 Pre-K-5 students. The school has a Helping Hands Club that includes every student and staff member. “While many of our families don’t have much, our students all learn that they can always lend a hand to someone in need,” Zuckerman says. Annual outreach projects include a coat and scarf drive. For this event, students have crocheted hundreds of scarves for local soup kitchen customers. The school also has its own food pantry to serve poor community members. Because many of Zuckerman’s students live in areas with gangs or have gang members in their families, her school hosts an initiative supported by a state gang awareness prevention program. Through this ongoing effort, gang members in a prison-based gang rehabilitation program meet with fourth and fifth graders to help them understand the negative consequences of gang involvement. Zuckerman holds a B.S. from New York University and an M.Ed. from Rider University in New Jersey.