Dr. Lamont Repollet, an educator with more than 20 years of experience ranging from classroom teacher to principal and superintendent, has been named New Jersey's Acting Commissioner of Education.
Dr. Repollet started as Acting Commissioner on January 29, 2018. He is looking forward to working with parents, educators and community members to create the best state school system in the nation. To build a brighter future for all students of New Jersey, Dr. Repollet will focus on four action pillars: educate, empower, train, and reward.
He has explained, "The work ahead will not be easy, but it is necessary to ensure that our students and educators are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. To meet those challenges, we must work with our school communities across the state to look for ways to become more innovative, enhance educational equity, and ensure a holistic approach to supporting student learning."
Dr. Repollet previously served as superintendent of the Asbury Park School District since 2014. As a transformational leader, he implemented new instructional and organizational approaches in the district. For example, he created a dropout prevention program called the "Power of 10," which resulted in significant increases in graduation rate.
During his superintendency, Dr. Repollet set a culture of high expectations by introducing a Pre-K to Grade 12 Literacy Intervention and Leadership Development Initiative. He secured a $2.5 million 21st Century Grant for afterschool programming for children in grades 4-8, and a $500,000 Vocational Partnership Grant to create an Engineering Academy using the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way Curriculum. The district was recognized by the International Center for Leadership in Education as a 2016 and 2017 Innovative District for creating programs such as a Comprehensive District Interactive Literacy Intervention, the Power of 10 dropout-prevention program, the College and Career Readiness Institute that resulted in dozens of job and paid-internship placements, career academies in the high school, and STEAM opportunities such as maker spaces and afterschool academies. He also developed a number of partnerships with parents, businesses and local leaders designed to foster organizational and instructional leadership within the district.
Dr. Repollet previously served in the Carteret Public Schools, as principal at Carteret High School and Columbus Elementary School, as well as vice principal in the district. He also served as assistant principal at Irvington High School. He began his career in education in 1996 as a teacher in the East Orange School District.
He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, his master's in Education Administration from Kean University, and his bachelor's in communications from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College).
He resides in Somerset with his wife and two daughters.