By Andrew Walsh
Carolyn M. Kossack, Ed.D. was appointed Superintendent of the Little Silver School District in October 2007. She has been a transformative leader for the past twelve years by creating an inspiring vision of the future for our students. Dr. Kossack is a leader who motivates, inspires and helps the community, parents, staff and students to become engaged with Little Silver’s vision. With her passion and commitment, Dr. Kossack has brought about positive changes in support of the district mission to inspire critical thinking, foster intellectual curiosity, and promote acceptance of individuals, allowing children to achieve their full potential as responsible, contributing citizens of an ever-changing global community.
Dr. Kossack is recognized as a leader amongst her peers. She is a member of the Monmouth County Superintendents Roundtable Executive Board and holds the seat of Treasurer. She is one of the Board of Directors for the Monmouth Ocean Educational Services Commission, and participates on the Professional Development Committee for the NJ Association of School Administrators.
Dr. Kossack’s many accomplishments include passing a referendum for full-day Kindergarten and developing sustainable building security. She has been a forerunner for 21st century learning with a 1:1 technology initiative and outfitting district classrooms with instructional technology. Dr. Kossack ensures the staff is continuously learning and staying current in Curriculum and Instruction with best educational practices. Under Dr. Kossack’s leadership and direction, the Little Silver Board of Education has achieved Master Board Certification after countless hours of professional development.
This year, in addition to leading the Little Silver District towards a Future Ready Schools certification, she has facilitated numerous meetings with local school boards and legislators to hear our concerns with regard to growing funding issues. Despite these issues, Little Silver ranks among the highest test scores in the New Jersey while having one of the lowest per pupil costs under Dr. Kossack’s leadership.
Dr. Kossack was nominated by her peers and selected as Monmouth County Superintendent of the Year by a committee of Monmouth County Superintendents. She will be honored for this well-deserved award at the Educator of Year Ceremony on May 23, 2019, where she will be the keynote speaker.
Andrew Walsh is President of the Little Silver Board of Education