The Montclair Board of Education has announced the names of the three superintendent finalists.
The candidates’ resumes were posted on the district website earlier this week.
The district will hold a forum with the three candidates at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26 in the main auditorium at Montclair High School.
Rachel Goldberg currently works as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the Passaic school district. She has held that position since August 2014. Prior to that, she worked in the Elizabeth school district, first as an English teacher at Elizabeth High School from 2003 to 2008, and then as the coordinator, supervisor and director of staff development. She is the recipient of a teacher of the year award from Elizabeth High School, and a teacher recognition award from Union County.
She was a participant in a summer program at Xuzhou Teachers College in China in 2004, and during her time studying at Harvard Graduate School of Education, she worked on a project that involved redesigning high schools for improved instruction.
Prior to working in education, Goldberg worked as a sales executive and sales manager with Verio Inc., and then as a junior account executive with Sally Fischer Public Relations in New York.
Goldberg holds an M. Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in English from Austin College.
Kendra Johnson currently works as Montclair’s assistant superintendent for equity, curriculum and instruction. She has held the position since August 2016. Before that, she was the chief academic officer in the Trenton school district, the chief academic and innovation officer in the Kent, Washington school district, the instructional director in the Prince George’s County, Maryland public schools, and she served in various administrative capacities in the Baltimore County, Maryland school district. She also taught middle school in the Baltimore city schools and the Baltimore County school district from 1998 to 2003.
She has also worked as an educational consultant for the Educational Management Group and served as an adjunct professor at Coppin State University and Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Johnson has an Ed. D in urban education leadership and social policy from Morgan State University; a J.D. in public interest and business law from the University of Baltimore School of Law; an MS in administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University; and a BS in chemistry from Lincoln University.
Ross Kasun currently serves as the superintendent for the Freehold school district. He has held that position since 2011. Prior to that, he was the superintendent for the Colts Neck public schools, the assistant superintendent for the Summit school district. He has also served as a principal and assistant principal in the Millburn and South Orange-Maplewood school districts, and he was an elementary school teacher in South Orange-Maplewood for four years. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor and teaching fellow at St. Peter’s University and Georgian Court Monmouth University.
Kasun received the 2017 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year award from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators.
Prior to entering teaching, Kasun worked as an account representative for Pitney Bowes and a senior sales representative at MCI Telecommunications.
Kasun holds an Ed. D in educational administration and supervision from Seton Hall University; an MA in administration and supervision from Rutgers, an MA in elementary education from Seton Hall; and a BS in business from Seton Hall.