Dr. JoAnn Cardillo is the Superintendent of Passaic Valley Regional High School which serves the students and families of the three communities of Little Falls, Totowa and Woodland Park. A life-long resident of northern New Jersey, Dr. Cardillo grew up in Lodi and has resided in Fair Lawn for 35 years with her husband Alan and her son Alexander. She is the President of Friends the Maurice M. Pine Library and also the President Elect of Beta Chi/ Pi Lambda Theta, a National Honor Society affiliated with William Paterson University.
Dr. Cardillo has dedicated her career to a lifetime of teaching and learning and brings a wide range of Pre-K 12 experience in education to Passaic Valley. She began her career at School 19 and Renaissance One School of Humanities in Paterson, working 22 years as a teacher. She recalls that time in her life fondly because she was fortunate to work with dedicated educators and wonderful students and families.
During her tenure as an educational leader, Dr. Cardillo served as the Vice Principal of Rosa Parks Fine and Performing Arts High School, the Director of School Choice and Student Placement, Principal of School No. 7, and most recently as an Executive Director of Principal Coaching and Evaluations. As an executive coach she was charged with evaluating a cadre of principals in their work with TEACHNJ and Achieve NJ. She has also supported the creation of several high school programs that prepare students for a strong post-secondary college and career experience. In addition, Dr. Cardillo has worked closely with William Paterson University in their efforts to provide professional development for school leaders. She was on the team to create the framework for The Leaders as Learner Grant that is currently offered in the Paterson Public Schools district for school principals and teacher-leaders that will be trained as principals through the grant. The district is one of 20 nationwide entities chosen by the USDOE.
Dr. Cardillo has also authored an article on professional development titled The New Teacher Evaluation Process: An Opportunity to Embrace Professional Practices and co-authored People Change Schools: School Success in the Era of Accountability which discusses how successful school reforms evolve from educators working together to make it happen.
Dr. Cardillo is honored to be chosen to lead Passaic Valley Regional High School. As superintendent she looks forward to challenging the students and staff to be the best they can be every day. Her mission is to ensure that the programs and opportunities offered by the district are meaningful in preparing students to be successful in today’s global society. She is eager to share her passion for her work and has stated that "the standards and traditions of Passaic Valley Regional High School must be upheld for the future generations of families working and living in the communities it serves".