At the 2017 Annual Partner in Excellence Dinner, the East Brunswick Education Foundation Trustees will honor educator Dr. Michael Vinella

Dr. Michael Vinella Mike is the son of two teachers who proudly dedicated much of their lives to helping children. Originally, vowing to go in his own direction he worked in the field of business in Germany and the United States. After his short time in business, and much time traveling, he went back to school to become a teacher. Mike began teaching in East Brunswick in 1995 as a social studies teacher at Churchill. He was fortunate to get off to a good start as his mentor was Michelle McCormick. While at Churchill he also coached wrestling and football. In 2000, Mike moved to EBHS to teach economics and history. In 2004, Mike began his administrative career by becoming an assistant principal at EBHS. From there he was given the opportunity to move over to the board office where he served as the Supervisor of Staff Development, Grants and Testing. A short time later Mike took over as the Supervisor of Social Studies and facilitated the remaining years of the TOOL Grant. During his time as supervisor, Mike thoroughly enjoyed working with K-12 teachers to develop engaging student centered lessons. He learned alongside the great social studies teachers to infuse technology into the learning process, implement netbooks for staff, develop interactive curriculum guides, SMART technology, collaborative staff and student Moodle classrooms so teachers and students had access to one stop 24/7 learning. In 2012, Mike had the honor and privilege to go back home to EBHS and serve as the Principal. During the transition Mike met with students, teachers, and parents regarding the vision for EBHS and established a belief of Achieving Excellence with Honor and Integrity. During his time at EBHS he has worked collaboratively with all stakeholders to expand the infusion of technology to enhance student engagement in the learning process. Together the EBHS team has developed a wired school, Chromebooks for students and staff, hybrid classes and flexible learning spaces. Most recently, he worked as part of a team to develop the EBHS/MCC Pathways program. Mike truly values Excellence in Academics, Athletics and the Arts and is motivated by working with the members of the East Brunswick community. He strives to approach his work with every student as if they were his own children, and receives great satisfaction in watching them succeed in and out of the classroom. He also understands that excellence cannot be achieved without the outstanding work of our great teachers. He enjoys collaborating with teachers and developing an environment where risk taking leads to greater learning. Mike also has greatly appreciated the unwavering support that EBEF has provided to help the teachers to develop new and innovative learning. Finally, he is honored to be part of an administrative team that is second to none. Mike understands that the recognition he is receiving from the EBEF is due in part of the efforts of all of these stakeholders, and is proud to be a part of the EB Team. Mike’s most prized titles are those of husband and father. He is married to wife Sherri, who has patiently put up with him and his time away from the house for 18 years. Mike is also extremely proud of his children Christopher (16), Breanna (13) and Lauren (10). There is nothing more that Mike would rather do than spend time with his family and watch his children participate in their many activities.

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