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    Allison Pessolano, Woodstown Middle School Principal.  
     
    Hello and welcome to my webpage! As principal of Woodstown Middle School I look forward to spending every school day with your child(ren). I hope we are all able to work together to make this a fantastic year!  Please check back here for updates, useful links and important information. 
     
    Here is a link to a great Washington Post article about middle schoolers and how we can help them navigate the many different social situations they will encounter.
     
    AMLE (Association for Middle Level Educators) article on tips for parents of middle schoolers. Click Here.
     
    AMLE article written by a father and educator about how he helped his kids be successful in middle school. Click Here.
     
     
    Educational Philosophy:
     
    As a teacher and as an administrator, my core belief has always been that every student is capable of academic success when given the right tools. Every child needs something different and, as educators, we must identify these needs, meet children where they are, and take them to where they need to be. Children are dynamic and unpredictable and we need to provide an education that is as dynamic, flexible, and varied as they are. I strive to work collaboratively with teacher, staff and support professionals to ensure we are providing the proper tools and supports to each child to take them as far as we can while they are with us at Woodstown Middle School. 
     
    About Me:
     
    I grew up in South Jersey in Upper Township, which is just inland of Ocean City and Sea Isle. While in 8th grade, I was given the opportunity to attend boarding school in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania at Mercersburg Academy. After that, I attended Colorado College and obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science with a concentration in biology. After college, I began working for the National Marine Fisheries Service collecting data on fish catch and bycatch aboard commercial fishing boats. This led me to a position with Rutgers University working as Chief Research Scientist at their Haskin Shellfish Research Lab in Bivalve, NJ. During this time, I met my husband and had my first child. Going out on fishing boats for days at a time became difficult and I realized it was time to make a career change. I had been told that I would make a good teacher, so I set off to begin my new adventure teaching middle school science. I taught middle school math and science in Cumberland County for 10 years, during which time I worked on obtaining my masters' degree. In 2012, I became the STEM supervisor in Woodstown, working with teachers across the district on math, science and technology curriculum. In 2015, I became principal of Woodstown Middle School and am now entering my fourth year as principal. In addition to spending my day with middle school students, I enjoy reading, going to the beach and spending time camping with my family and our 2 dogs.