Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools
On August 4, 2014 Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton became the Superintendent of the Mount Vernon City School District.
Dr. Hamilton completed his undergraduate degree at Seton Hall University where he majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Education. He studied advanced level courses in fulfillment of his Master of Arts degree at Seton Hall University and Jersey City State University. He also completed leadership institutes at Harvard University and Princeton University, before completing doctoral studies at Nova Southeastern University. He worked as a Special Education teacher in Newark, NJ for 10 years. He later became the district’s Resource Teacher for bridging the gap between special education and general education instructional practices. After leaving Newark Public Schools, Dr. Hamilton become Vice Principal at Hubbard Middle School in Plainfield, NJ where he implemented the first Middle Schools of Choice program designed to develop career academies for middle school students with a focus on the performing arts, math and science, humanities and business as an alternative to the traditional failing middle school program.
After being recognized for his ability to initiate change and spearhead improved student outcomes, he was promoted to Principal of Clinton Elementary School where he implemented one of the first mandatory school uniforms policies in the State of NJ and increased student performance by 83% in 4 years. He was later hired as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Cherry Hill, New Jersey where his responsibilities included supervision for middle school programs, district wide professional development, minority achievement initiative (closing the achievement gap) and diversity recruitment. He then became Superintendent of Schools in Westampton Public Schools where he was recognized for implementation of several programs designed to improve student outcomes. Immediatley prior to joining the Mount Vernon City School District, he served as Superintendent of the Monroe Tonwship School District where he implemented the largest 1:1 iPad initiative on the east coast, successfully managed district reconfiguration including the opening of a new state of the art high school, developed and implemented the district’s strategic plan, co-authored Senate Bill S2307 and presented before the NJ State Senate to justify the need for support of this proposal for equitable state funding for the children of Monroe.
Dr. Hamilton was awarded a fellowship grant by the Geraldine Dodge Foundation at Princeton University to study the effects of Year Round Schooling. In 2008, he was appointed as a US Delegate to visit China to observe educational programs there and most recently was the recipient of the NAACP Distinguished Educators Award and the Sybil Yastrow Superintendent’s Grant. He is also an adjunct professor at William Paterson University and a state approved mentor for the NJ State School Administrators’ Residency Program.
In his spare time Dr. Hamilton is an avid movie goer and developed a company designed to provide young artists the opportunity to gain entry into the fine and performing arts arena through various apprenticeships.