Christian J. Paskalides
Middle Township Elementary School #1
Middle Township School District
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Christian Paskalides has been principal of Middle Township Elementary School #1 since 2012. Paskalides is particularly versed in working with students with disabilities and was at the helm of developing an inclusion program for K-2 special education students, allowing them to learn alongside their typically developing peers. Paskalides is a transformational leader who focuses on inspiring and motivating his staff and the students they serve. For him, connections with students and staff are integral to school success, and he regularly provides informal instructional feedback to staff. To further a sense of belonging and ensure staff success, Paskalides developed a strong mentorship program for all novice teachers. He prides himself in meeting regularly with grade-level teams to provide measurable goals and a clear vision for instruction. Paskalides has also been an invaluable resource for seeking out and implementing school-wide improvement. In 2019, Paskalides co-wrote a grant from the New Jersey Department of Education and, shortly thereafter, won the grant and instituted a high-quality, full-day preschool program. Displaying strong leadership, Paskalides led his school through an $11.3 million referendum project that included upgrades, new facilities, school procedures, and more. Paskalides holds an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. in Teacher Education from Stockton University.