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Kerry DiSimone, Principal

Hello, Rush School students and families! My name is Mrs. Kerry DiSimone and I am the very proud principal of Eleanor Rush Intermediate School!  I received my B.S. in Special Education from The College of New Jersey in 1996, then returned to TCNJ to earn my M.A. in School Counseling in 2004. I continued my education, with a concentration in School Leadership, at Delaware Valley University and was certified as an assistant principal/principal and supervisor in 2013.   As a member of the Cinnaminson Township Public Schools' staff since 1996 and working in several capacities, such as an elementary and special education teacher, school counselor, and assistant principal, has prepared me to take on the important role as principal of Rush School. 

Throughout my career, one constant has remained... my love for working with children and helping them succeed as young academics and citizens.  That will always be my main focus, whether it is by way of supporting our outstanding staff in their creative endeavors, researching and introducing new innovative ideas, or working directly with the amazing students attending our school and their families.  

Outside of school, I am an avid fan of music, particularly the Beatles, love spending time at the beach, and enjoy reading as many books as I can fit in my already-packed days.  My greatest pleasure, however, is every moment I spend with my husband, son, and two daughters!

My door, literally & figuratively, is always open, so never hesitate to reach out with any questions or thoughts.  I am looking forward to having a fantastic 2022-2023 school year with our staff, students, and families!
   
 Kate Mele, Assistant Principal

Greetings, Rush School Community Members!  

I am thrilled to serve as the new Assistant Principal of Eleanor Rush Intermediate School. Prior to this appointment, I was the Assistant Principal of Student Achievement at Haddonfield Memorial High School. I received my B.A. in International Studies with an Education minor from Drexel University in 2008, followed by an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. After teaching German to students from the elementary level through college in Vineland, Blackwood and Haddonfield, I returned to Drexel and completed my principal certification in 2016. 

As is the case for many educators, I consider myself a lifelong learner and appreciate new opportunities for professional growth and reflection. My passion for working with children and instilling a love of learning stems from my family of teachers, administrators and coaches. The late Dr. Rita Pierson said, “Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be." My focus this year will be to form meaningful connections with the students at Rush by providing a listening ear, and supporting their academic, emotional and social needs.  

When I am not at school, I enjoy travelling and exploring new places with my husband, Eric and our daughter, Quinn. We try to bring our dog, Piper along for the ride whenever we can!  

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns. My door is always open, and I know that we can work together to continue providing our students with the best education possible. 

Respectfully,
Kate Mele