Anthony G. Gebbia, Executive Director
Anthony G. Gebbia was named the school’s Principal in July 2010 and then the Executive Director in July 2013. He knows our community very well having spent over ten years of his career here, serving in the classroom and as an outreach worker. Tony’s intimate knowledge of what makes Montgomery Academy so special will be invaluable in charting the future success of the school. Tony returns to us from Midland School in Branchburg in which he was the Special Education Supervisor of Family Services and prior to that, Tony was the School Social Worker and Special Education Supervisor at Windsor School located in Pompton Lakes. He holds both a BA in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Kean University, and also an MSW from Hunter College of Social Work. He also holds Principal, Supervisor and Social Worker certifications and has been trained in substance abuse awareness and therapeutic crisis intervention as well. Tony was nominated by ASAH (www.asah.org) as a Regional Para-professional of the Year in 1997 and will no doubt honor the school’s unique philosophy and traditions as our community of learners celebrates its 40th year of service to NJ students with special needs.
Thomas J. Nolan, Principal
Tom comes to us with a variety of trainings and experiences. These include his formal credentials of a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from William Paterson University, a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from Montclair State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from William Paterson College of New Jersey. He also holds a New Jersey School Principal Certificate and a New Jersey School Psychologist Certificate. His almost twenty years of professional experiences in education include his principalship at Lake Hiawatha Elementary School in Parsippany – Troy Hills School District; his vice – principalship at Central Middle School in the same district; his role as School Psychologist, followed by his role as Principal in the Windsor Learning Center. He has also spent time as a School Psychologist in West Milford High School. Further rounding out his experiences in the education profession, Tom has worked as an adjunct professor at both the graduate and undergraduate level at Montclair State University; thereby making it that he has been involved with students in some manner from pre-school through graduate level education. Beyond the field of education he has also had professional experiences as a Mental Health Counselor, providing direct counseling services for children and adolescents; as well as a Child Care Worker with the New York Foundling Hospital. It is noteworthy that Tom earned the 2013 Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the Parsippany Rotary Club – chosen as one of two recipients from a field of over 750 educators. Additionally, Tom received the 2005 Graduate Educational Leadership Award from William Paterson University upon graduation from that program.
Cheryl Lentini, Assistant Principal
Cheryl Lentini has served our school community as a teacher, and more recently as Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, for over twenty-eight years. Ms. Lentini obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Ramapo College and her Masters degree in Special Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and has been working with special needs students the whole of her adult life. She shares a very special relationship with Montgomery Academy, having seen the school through many changes since its inception as the North Jersey Child Development Center back in 1970. Cheryl epitomizes the master teacher who respects our philosophy and young traditions, bringing joy and creativity to the processes of teaching and learning. She is loved by the students and staff and brings enormous energy and enthusiasm to her role in the lives of young people.