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Highland Park Schools Chief Joins ESCNJ Board of Directors

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - August 12, 2021 - Acting Highland Park Superintendent of Schools Kristina Nicosia’s extensive background in curriculum, instruction and technology makes her a valuable addition to the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s (ESCNJ) Board of Directors.


Dr. Nicosia has been with the Highland Park Public School District since 2016, serving as its Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction for STEM and then Director of Curriculum & Instruction before being promoted to Acting Superintendent in July.


As one of the board’s newest members, Dr. Nicosia now plays an important role in supporting ESCNJ students as they learn and achieve at high levels. 


“I am forward-thinking about 21st century learning opportunities. With my strength in curriculum and instruction, I hope to bring great insight to the board,” she said. “I am very excited about this opportunity.”


Before arriving in Highland Park, Dr. Nicosia worked as the Technology Integration Specialist for the Madison Public Schools and as a science teacher at West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. Prior to her career in education, she worked as a chemist at Cosmetic Essence.


“Dr. Kristina Nicosia is a terrific addition to the ESCNJ Board of Directors; I’m confident that she will provide valuable input and assistance to further enhance the quality of education that we provide,” said ESCNJ Schools Superintendent Mark Finkelstein. 


Dr. Nicosia holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Monmouth University as well as a doctorate from Rutgers University.


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