Bergen County Superintendent of the Year

Bergen County Superintendent of the Year
Photo: Dr. P. Erik Gundersen, Superintendent of Schools

Congratulations to Dr. P. Erik Gundersen, Superintendent of Schools for the Pascack Valley Regional High School District, for being named the Bergen County Superintendent of the Year!

Dr. Gundersen started with district in 1994 as a physics teacher. After several years of working with students in the classroom, he moved into administration, where he served as the Supervisor of Science and Technology Education, then as the district Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. In 2011, following the retirement of Dr. Ben Tantillo, Dr. Gundersen was selected to serve as superintendent.

Photo: Dr. P. Erik Gundersen, Superintendent of Schools for the Pascack Valley Regional High School District 
Photo: Dr. P. Erik Gundersen

During his tenure as superintendent, Dr. Gundersen has lead Pascack Valley Regional with a focused vision on inquiry, innovation, and individuality. In turn, the district has been recognized both locally and nationally, including: League of Innovative Schools (member since 2014); Future Ready NJ (inaugural Cohort); innovateNJ (inaugural Cohort); and the first district in NJ to have the entire staff and student body CPR certified. Beyond these recognitions, the district is well-known for its Wellness Center in each high school and its Internship program  The Wellness Centers help promote and support emotional and mental health for their respective students.  The Internship Program, recognized as the East Coast's first Center for Advanced Professional Studies, provides real-world experience for graduating seniors as they either continue their studies or start their careers.

When asked what this award means to him, Dr. Gundersen noted, “The Pascack Valley Regional High School District has been my second home for nearly 25 years. In that time, I have had the opportunity to work with amazing people, as we prepare our students for their futures in college, career, and life. While I am honored to receive this award, I have to thank our faculty, staff, administrators, and Board for all of their cooperation, hard work, and support. Our district’s success is a team effort, and I am ever grateful to this entire community to work in this very special place.”

Dr. Gundersen received the award on Friday, June 7 at the Bergen County Association of School Administrators meeting.

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