Central Office Administration
Ms. Jennifer A. Fano
Superintendent of Schools
973-361-0808, ext. 8204
On July 1, 2016, Ms. Jennifer A. Fano assumed her new post as Superintendent of Schools after serving as Interim Superintendent since October 26, 2015. At its meeting on April 12, 2016, the Randolph Board of Education announced that it had selected Ms. Jennifer A. Fano as its finalist in for the superintendent position following a lengthy search. On May 12, the board approved a three-year contract with Ms. Fano as the district's new superintendent. Ms. Fano has served as the district's Assistant Superintendent from July 2011 to the present after serving the district for six years in several different capacities.
Ms. Fano began her career in Randolph Township as vice principal at Ironia Elementary School in 2005 and later became a district administrator in the central office in 2009 where she oversaw professional development, instruction and No Child Left Behind grant applications, among other tasks.
In 2014, Mrs. Fano was honored by the Randolph Education Foundation as its Administrator of the Year at its Randolph Rock Stars event.
Ms. Fano received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, sociology and anthropology from William Patterson University and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Montclair State University. In addition, Ms. Fano has an Advanced Certification in Teaching and Learning with Technology from the Teacher's College at Columbia University in New York.
She began her career as an instructional aide in Bloomfield and then worked as a third- and fifth-grade teacher in Wayne at Packanack Elementary School for nearly 10 years.
Ms. Fano’s latter advanced certification has allowed her to present at several technological conferences since 2007.
Ms. Fano has presented at the Tech and Learning’s Tech Forum in Austin, TX, Techspo in Atlantic City and the Innovative Learning Conference in San Jose, Ca. Ms. Fano was featured earlier this year in a technology article in SchoolCIO.
Mr. Gerald Eckert
Business Administrator and Board Secretary
973-361-0808, ext. 8214
Mr. Gerald Eckert was appointed business administrator and board secretary on June 17, 2014 and he began working in Randolph on August 18, 2014.
Mr. Eckert was most recently the assistant business administrator and board secretary in Hillsborough, a position he held for six years. He holds a bachelor's degree from Rider University in business administration and master's degree from Kean University in educational administration.
Mr. Eric Burnside
Assistant School Business Administrator
(973) 361-0808, ext. 8202
Mr. Eric Burnside was appointed as the assistant business administrator on May 21, 2015 and began working in Randolph on July 1, 2015.
Mr. Burnside recently worked as a financial analyst for Horizon NJ Health and has financial experience from pharmaceutical and health care private sector companies.
He is a graduate of Clarion University in Pennsylvania with a degree in finance. He also has an MBA from Rider University.
Mr. Jonathan Olsen
Director of Secondary Education
(973) 361-0808 ext. 8207Secondary Education & Innovative Learning Specialist in 2015. Mr. Olsen was previously the district's humanities supervisor and had served in that position since 2013. Prior to coming to Randolph he taught at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. High Technology is a pre-engineering academy consistently ranked as the #1 STEM high school in the nation by U.S. News. While at High Tech, Mr. Olsen also served as curriculum coordinator for the five high schools in the school district.Mr. Olsen has presented on topics ranging from instructional technology to literacy. Besides his own blog, he has written for a number of others including Scientific American, Washington Post, ASCD, and Edutopia. He was also a regular contributor to The New York Times where he and department faculty explored innovative educational activities and the role of nonfiction in schools. He was named High Technology's teacher of the year in 2009. Mr. Olsen has bachelor's degrees in history and literature from Stevens Institute of Technology, a master's degee in history from Eastern Michigan University and a Litt.D from Drew University.
Mrs. Danielle Soldivieri
Director of Elementary Education
(973) 361-0808 ext. 8208
Danielle Soldivieri began her position as the district's new Director of Elementary Education in January, 2017.
Soldivieri was the principal of Fernbrook Elementary School from 2014-2016 and was hired in Randolph in 2002 as a teacher at Ironia Elementary School before she became the K-5 Supervisor of the district in 2012. She was a Walmart Teacher of the Year in 2007 and an organizer for EDCAmpNJ and EdCampSTEAM.
Mrs. Soldivieri has an Associate's Degree from the County College of Morris, bachelor's degrees in Elementary Education and English from Rowan University and a master's degree in educational leadership from the College of St. Elizabeth.
Mr. Walter Curioni
Director of Special Services
973-361-0808, ext. 8104
Mr. Walter Curioni is the district's Director of Special Services and began his new position on July 1, 2015.
Mr. Curioni worked in the Westwood School District as a special education teacher. He then served as the Supervisor of Special Services for North Arlington and later as the district's Director of Special Services/Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
Mr. Curioni is a graduate of Ramapo College with a degree in Literature. He has a master’s degree in Special Education and has completed the NJ Excel program for administration.
Mr. Curioni has presented on several special education topics.
Mrs. Evy Falcon-Duran
Supervisor of Special Services
973-361-0808, ext. 8116
Mrs. Falcon-Duran joined Randolph Township Schools in 2003 as a special education teacher and became the district’s first Transition Coordinator in 2008.
Mrs. Falcon-Duran has a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University in Sociology, master’s degree in Special Education and Bilingual Education from New Jersey City University.
Mrs. Falcon-Duran has been an active contributor and partner with RHS students, families, staff and administrators in the area of transition and diversity through her tenure as an educator, coordinator, advisor, committee member, and interpreter/translator in multiple capacities.
Mrs. Falcon-Duran serves as an Adjunct Professor and Instructor at William Paterson University, Clinical Professor at Montclair State University and Board of Trustees President for a drug treatment facility.
Mrs. Allison Freeman
Communications Coordinator/Community School Supervisor
973-361-0808, ext. 8111
Mrs. Allison Freeman, an awarding-winning writer and school communications and public relations professional, joined Randolph Township Schools as the Communications Coordinator on July 1, 2015.
In June, the New Jersey School Public Relations Association presented Mrs. Freeman with a first place award for the Randolph School District newsletter, the RTNJ News. Mrs. Freeman was the Manager of Communications & Community Outreach for the West Essex Regional School District in North Caldwell from 2011-2015. Mrs. Freeman also worked as the Interim Manager of Communications & Community Outreach for Livingston Public Schools and Public Information Officer for The Children's Institute.
In addition, Mrs. Freeman worked as a reporter for The Star-Ledger where she covered news, education and health before moving to features where she wrote the Young & Talented, a column covering young people in the arts in New Jersey. Mrs. Freeman has received the New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education and the New Jersey Music Educator's Association Distinguished Service Award for her coverage of youth arts in New Jersey.
Mrs. Freeman is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where she received the Maurice R. Robinson Scholarship prize for her writing in the field of education.
Ms. Meredith Gatzke
Human Resources Officer/Affirmative Action Officer
(973) 361-0808 ext. 8205
Meredith Gatzke, the Human Resources Officer for the Paramus Board of Education, begin her new position as the human resources officer for Randolph Township Schools on July 1, 2016. The board approved her appointment May 19, 2016.
Conway, who has also worked in human resources for the School District of the Chathams and New Century/Pinnacle Financial, has a masters degree in human resource management from the College of St. Elizabeth and a bachelor’s degree in history from Muhlenberg College. “I am excited to be returning to my home, Morris County,” said Conway, who lives in Oak Ridge. “This position is going to bring a great deal to Randolph Township Schools and I look forward to working with all of the staff to continue the tradition of excellence the Human Resources Office provides to the district.”
Superintendent Jennifer A. Fano said that Conway “will be a positive and proactive resource for all district employees.”
Additional COA members:
Mr. Peter Emmel
Director of Technology
(973) 361-0808 ext. 7206
Mr. Andy Hurd, Director of Facilities
Mr. Andy Hurd
Director of Facilities
973-361-0808, ext. 8218
The Randolph Board of Education appointed Andrew Hurd as the Director of Facilities in October, 2015 after Hurd served as the district's chief of facilities for Randolph Township Schools for three years. Prior to that, Mr. Hurd served as the chief of grounds for about 21 years and was a groundskeeper for four years, all for Randolph Township Schools.
In fall, 2015, the Randolph Education Foundation recognized Mr. Hurd as the administrator of the year in its Randolph Rock Stars program.
Mr. Hurd is a certified educational facilities manager and serves as the integrated pest manager coordinator for the school district. He has studied landscape management and design, construction and construction management at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Mr. Hurd began working for Randolph Township Schools in 1987 as a night custodian for Randolph Middle School when he was 19 years old. He resides in Succasunna.
Mr. Harry Ruiz, Director of Security
(973) 361-0808 ext. 6524
Mr. John Aymil, Director of Transportation