RUMSON, NJ —Stephen Sarles has begun his new role as principal of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. But he has been an integral part of the district for 11 years now, as well as a top educator in other area school districts.
“I am thrilled to continue to grow and make an impact here at RFH, a school that truly has the best kids. They care about each other, they have fun together and they love to learn. The sense of community here at RFH is unlike any other and I look forward to continuing to promote it in the years to come,” Sarles said in a statement provided by the district.
In taking on the new position, Sarles will draw on her 28 years of education experience, more than 11 of which were spent at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, the school district said in a statement. Sarles was nominated by the school board for the job at a May 10 meeting with a salary of $167,000.
Sarles holds an M.A. in Classical Archeology and a B.A. in Latin and Classical Archeology and began his teaching career at the university level before becoming a shared Latin teacher at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional and neighboring Red Bank Regional in 1998, a bio provided by said neighborhood.
He spent the next twelve years as an advanced Latin and art history teacher at Red Bank Regional where he was honored as “Teacher of the Year” in 2005 and became the first coordinator of the school’s international baccalaureate.
From there, Sarles moved into administration, assuming the role of World Cultures Supervisor in the Ocean Township School District and overseeing the World Languages Department for Grades 1-12 and the Social Studies Department for levels 6 to 12.
In December 2013, Sarles became assistant manager of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, a role he has held until now. Sarles has been a Monmouth County resident for 24 years and currently lives in Oceanport with his wife and three sons.
Sarles’ nomination concludes a primary search process that began with Kevin Pfister’s notification of his resignation last spring, the district said in its press release.
Sarles’ previous role as assistant manager will be filled by Meredith Brow in mid-August. Brow will join the Brick Township Public School System district where she served as a high school vice-principal and elementary school principal. Brow’s previous teaching experience was in fine art, graphic design and digital photography.
Sarles said: “I am very happy to work with Meredith. Her varied experiences and perspectives will be welcome and valuable additions to all the wonderful things we are already doing here at RFH.
In all of his previous roles, Sarles modeled “the highest standards of honesty, integrity and ethics for all students and demonstrated his knowledge and passion as an instructional leader,” the district said in a statement. his statement.
Superintendent Darren Groh and the school board “are excited about what the future holds for RFH under the leadership of Sarles and Brow,” the statement said.