Joanna Kletter

Joanna Kletter’s colleagues describe her as a passionate, purposeful, and creative leader with “steely determination and the work ethic of an Olympic athlete.” As principal of South Oceanside Road School #4 (SORS #4), Kletter has channeled these qualities to transform professional development and advance methodologies for educating the whole child. At the district level, she has advocated for participant-driven professional learning and has developed and solicited workshops to resource SORS #4 with research-based teaching practices. This work has allowed her to implement programs such as RULER, which encourages students to Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, and Regulate their emotions. She has also integrated STEAM learning at SORS #4 by developing the first Maker Space in her district and securing funds to balance hands-on and technology-supported learning. To further develop these best practices, in her capacity as a member of a county-level administrators association, she co-created “Principal Share and Steal,” a building visit program that fosters professional exchange. Kletter leverages her commitment to growing professional networks to serve the broader Oceanside community; In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, for example, she partnered with other districts and non-profit leaders to provide relief and repair. Kletter holds a B.S. from the University of Delaware, an M.A. from Hofstra University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the College of Saint Rose.