December 14, 2022
The Teaneck Board of Education is pleased to announce the upcoming appointment of Dr. Andre Spencer as our next Superintendent of Schools. He will succeed Ms. Barbara Pinsak, Interim Superintendent, who retired from the Teaneck Public School District in September 2016 after more than 40 years service, her last five as superintendent. The Board expects to appoint Dr. Spencer at the December 14 Board of Education meeting. However, Dr. Spencer will not be starting until January 2, 2023 and the new Board will have to re-ratify his contract in January during reorganization.
The Board selected Dr. Spencer after a comprehensive search process that produced a large and impressive group of candidates. The superintendent search process was handled by the New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA) and it included multi-state advertisement, a community-wide survey, and a community forum. The feedback was then synthesized and compiled into a profile that was used to guide the entire process and to create interview questions. The Board of Education narrowed 32 applicants to nine promising candidates. Interviews and background checks were conducted.
“We were extremely impressed with NJSBA, as well as the candidate pool,” said Board President Sebastian Rodriguez. However, this hire would not have happened without the hard work of very dedicated Board Members, who understood the significance of the situation and rose to the occasion to make this happen. “This was a very difficult decision, and in the end, Dr. Spencer demonstrated that he understands the Teaneck Public Schools, and the district and provided bold new plans to take it to the next level. At the same time, we want to thank Ms. Pinsak for her leadership.”
The Board of Education would like to thank our teachers, administrators, staff, students, families, and community for their critical feedback and support throughout this process.
President, Teaneck Board of Education