Superintendents Welcome

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

Today is my first official day as Superintendent of Gloucester City School District.  I couldn't be more honored and excited. I entered Gloucester City Schools as a kindergarten student in 1985 and graduated from Gloucester High School in 1998.  I was thrilled to return to GHS for my professional career in 2002 and have served as a Special Education teacher, guidance counselor, athletic coach, Director of Guidance, and Principal.  I've proudly resided in Gloucester my entire life and have three children of my own and nieces and nephews enrolled at all three of our district schools.  I have the unique and invaluable perspective of asking myself each day:  am I the school leader that I would want for my own children and family?  This lens has guided me well in all of my professional roles and is shared by so many of the outstanding, dedicated professionals that I consider myself very lucky to work alongside for nearly 20 years.  This deeply entrenched commitment of all staff, students, families, and community members to each other will remain a driving force throughout our school district.

The past year has been both challenging and inspirational.  Our community has always been known for expressing the most sincere care and support for each other during our challenging times. In the face of frustration and heartache stemming from the pandemic, we have persevered and collectively grown together in many ways.

  1. First and foremost, we learned that nothing could replace the value of a physical teaching presence in front of our students.  It is the people as much as the programs that determine the level of excellence in a school.
  2. Nothing has greater value than our daily interactions and the kindness and support we show each other. Supportive relationships can often be the key to student success.
  3. Joy is an essential part of a quality life.  We will work to quickly reaffirm with students and families that schools are both safe and joyful places to look forward to coming to each day.
  4. We will not overuse technology but instead will wisely leverage it for students to innovate, create, and demonstrate learning.
  5. While we work to identify any learning gaps that have arisen, we will also aim to accelerate social-emotional learning and character development and leadership to affirm and value the human experience of public school education.
  6. Each child's success is the most authentic and meaningful measure of our professional effectiveness. Personalized, individual learning and a unity of purpose are powerful bright spots of the past school year and something that we will aspire to build on.

We will continue collaborating with the New Jersey Department of Health on a reopening plan throughout the next two months.  Based on the governor's announcement earlier this week, I am optimistic that the year ahead will be "normal" in many ways featuring 5 full days of school with lunches for all preschool through 12th-grade students, no remote instruction, and normal after-school activities and athletics.

At their best, schools are cornerstones of communities.  They provide community members with a common experience and shared belief in the future.  Throughout the remainder of this summer, we will work to ensure that our schools continue to become "homes" that students look forward to attending, staff love working at, and parents are proud to send their children to.  I can't wait to see everyone back on campus in September and look forward to the road ahead of us. 

Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend and a happy and healthy summer.  Go Lions.

Mr. Sean Gorman
Superintendent of Schools
Gloucester City School District