Mrs. Cavins joined Cresskill Middle/High School in January 2017. Prior to Cresskill, Mrs. Cavins worked in the Ridgefield Park Public School district, where she served as Supervisor of World Languages, ESL, and Mathematics. For almost a decade prior, she taught Italian, Spanish and English as a Second Language at Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High School. During that time, Mrs. Cavins also coached cheerleading, advised the National Honor Society, yearbook staff, and Italian and Latin Clubs. Mrs. Cavins earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from The College of New Jersey. She is currently a doctoral student at Seton Hall University. Her professional interests lie in second language acquisition, student social/emotional well-being, and the influence of extracurricular activities on student academic achievement.
Middle & High School Administration
John Massaro, Principal
John Massaro began his teaching career in Cresskill in 2001 and was voted Cresskill Middle School “Teacher of the Year” in 2009. Prior to his current role as principal, Mr. Massaro served as assistant principal and science department lead teacher and supervisor from 2008 to 2015. He has taught various science classes in both the middle school and high school, including Integrated Science 7, biology, chemistry, and physics. Mr. Massaro was the Head Girls Soccer Coach from 2002-2011, and has also assisted with girls’ basketball, middle school track and field, and baseball. Mr. Massaro embraces his role to support a positive school culture that empowers students to explore their interests and develop their talents.
Melissa Cavins, Assistant Principal
Janelle Amato Ph.D., Director of Special Services
Dr. Janelle Amato earned her doctorate in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 2008. She began her career in school psychology in 2004 as a member of a Child Study Team for a local New Jersey school district. In 2006 Dr. Amato accepted a position with the Cresskill Public School District where she has served as the Director of Special Services since 2011. Within the schools, Dr. Amato has a deep passion for differentiating literacy instruction. She has participated in numerous workshops, summer institutes, and leadership groups on balanced literacy and has participated in classroom demonstrations, planning sessions, curriculum writing and data analysis of student work. Dr. Amato also holds a position as an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, where she has taught graduate level courses in Psychopathology, Developmental Psychology, Child Psychopathology, and Special Education. Her clinical experience includes treating learning disabilities, anxiety, mood disorders, family conflict, inattention/impulsivity, and life transitions.
Michelle Blanco, Director of Guidance
Mrs. Blanco has been a member of the Cresskill School District since 2000. She started as a chemistry teacher and then transitioned to the Guidance Department in 2003 as a middle school counselor. As the Director, she oversees the counseling department from K-12. Mrs. Blanco attended Villanova University where she earned her BS in Chemistry Education. She started her teaching career at Immaculate Heart Academy and then continued teaching at Fort Lee High School. She also has earned a MA in Psychology at New Jersey City University, a MS in Educational Leadership at Long Island University, a certificate in College Admissions from University of California, Los Angeles, and attended the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions. In addition to her duties as a guidance counselor, Mrs. Blanco has served the Cresskill Public Schools as a former advisor of the CMS and CHS Student Organizations, Help the Hungry, and Peer Advisors for Cresskill Teens (PACT), and the CMS Hip Hop Dance Club.
Beth Del Vecchio, Supervisor of Physical Education/Health, Athletic Director
Ms. Del Vecchio has been the Director of Athletics, Activities, Health and Physical Education at Cresskill MS/HS since 1999. Prior to Cresskill, Ms. Del Vecchio taught special education for two years at the Benway School. She then moved on to become athletic director and head of the health and physical education department at Paramus Catholic High School in 1987. In 1995 when Paramus Catholic High School became a co-ed institution, she was selected to become athletic director and head of health and physical education department. While at Paramus Catholic, Ms. Del Vecchio also coached volleyball and softball. During her eight years as volleyball coach her teams won a total of 6 league, 5 consecutive county and 5 Group IV state championships. In addition, she has reached Level II accreditation through USA Volleyball’s Coaches Accreditation Program (CAP). In softball, she coached for seven years and led her team to a Parochial A State Championship in 1989. Ms. Del Vecchio received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education, and a certification in Driver Education from Trenton State College in 1983. Additionally, Ms. Del Vecchio received her MA in Physical Education from New York University and a Teacher of the Handicapped certification from William Paterson College in 1987. She also completed her supervisory certification at Montclair State College in 1992. In 2002, she completed her Certified Athletic Administrators certification from the NIAAA. In 2003, Ms. Del Vecchio completed her second Master's degree in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University. In 2018, she completed her CMAA from the NIAAA In 2010, Beth was inducted into the New Jersey State Coaches Association Hall of Fame for Volleyball. Ms. DelVecchio is currently in her 34th year as an Athletic Director. She is also entering her 22nd year at Cresskill.
Julie Keating, Supervisor of Business, Art, and Music
Mrs. Keating joined the Cresskill community in 1997. She started as a part-time teacher of Accounting and Technology. When she moved into a full time position, she added various levels of Marketing, MCP Accounting and MCP Business Law to the Business curricula. She was advisor to DECA and achieved State and National recognition. She also served as class advisor to different graduating classes. Mrs. Keating holds certifications in various administrative positions as well as Masters in Teaching, Educational Leadership, and Special Education/Teacher of Handicap. Adding to responsibilities of K-12 Supervisor of Business, Art & Music and respective curricula, she also coordinates state reporting districtwide.
Jill Kurek, K-12 Supervisor of Math
Mrs. Jill Kurek joined the Cresskill teaching staff in 2007 as a mathematics teacher. She has taught seventh and eighth grade Mathematics, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry in Cresskill Middle School. In Cresskill High School, she has taught Algebra I,Probability/Statistics, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, and Calculus Honors. Mrs. Kurek has served as co-adviser of the Middle School Yearbook for the past five years. She is currently the Supervisor of Mathematics and oversees K-12 mathematics curriculum.
Alexis Peck, K-12 Supervisor of Science and Social Studies
Alexis Peck holds Master’s degrees in Biological Science Education and Educational Learning and Technology as well as a certification in K-12 Supervision. She started teaching in the Cresskill School District in 2007 and has taught a variety of courses in middle and high school including: Science 6, Science 7, Biology, Forensic Science, STEM courses, Natural Disasters, and Bioethics. Ms. Peck has been involved in planning professional development workshops focused in best teaching practices, curriculum development, and technology infusion since 2009.