About the Principal
Mrs. Stefanelli has been in the business of education for over 40 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Seton Hall University, receiving certificates to teach elementary education, early childhood and speech. She later pursued further studies at Kean University and received a Master of Arts in Reading and holds a Reading Specialist certificate. Later in her career and after her two sons grew older, she returned to Caldwell College and earned a second Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration.
Mrs. Stefanelli taught many grades, as well as Reading Recovery, the Gifted and Talented program and Basic Skills in the South Orange-Maplewood Public School District. It is here that she was groomed for leadership roles. She moved to the Millburn Public School District where she became a principal. She retired from the public school system with the intentions of continuing her career in non-public schools. On the same day that she retired from public education, Mrs. Stefanelli became the principal of The Our Lady of Czestochowa School (The OLC School).
Mrs. Stefanelli was involved with district leadership on numerous committees throughout her career. She served in various coordinator roles, including School Testing Coordinator and Intervention Coordinator, led reading initiatives, introduced the Responsive Classroom Approach program in the schools where she worked, and played a critical role in many aspects of educational professional development.
She has been involved with many professional organizations, including the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, International Literacy Association, Phi Delta Kappa International, and was on the Board of the International Dyslexia Association of New Jersey.
Mrs. Stefanelli believes in the principles of the Responsive Classroom Approach. All children need to feel that they belong and are significant members of the school community, while they have fun learning. In addition, she believes that everyone in the school community is important with no one more important than another. Each person plays a key role in the organization’s success.
Mrs. Stefanelli is an active, passionate principal who continues to view herself as a teacher at heart. From working with the students, to the teachers, to the parents, her love of teaching remains strong. She considers herself a lifelong learner and encourages others to learn something new each day.