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Mater Dei Prep Principal Debra J. Serafin
Jun 20, 2018

Mater Dei Prep Appoints New Principal

Mater Dei Prep Principal Debra J. Serafin

Debra J. Serafin

The Mater Dei Prep Board of Trustees and President Don Galante are pleased to announce the appointment of Debra J. Serafin as principal of the school effective Aug. 1, 2018.

“It is with great enthusiasm we welcome Debra Serafin as the new Principal of Mater Dei Prep. This September will be our fourth year as an independent college preparatory academy and Debra’s impressive education experience is a significant addition to our leadership team,” said Mr. Galante. “Debra’s strengths in curriculum and faculty development will ensure the school’s academic program is executed in accordance with the Board’s strategic goals.”

Ms. Serafin brings a diverse and accomplished career to her role as principal. She received a Bachelor of Science in education from Rutgers University and an MBA from Monmouth University. She retired in 2012 as assistant principal of North Brunswick High School and since then has been working part time as an educational trainer and facilitator for New Jersey Principal and Supervisor’s Association.

A brief stint as an interim assistant principal at Demarest High School in the Northern Valley Regional High School District last fall made her realize how much she missed a school environment and prompted her to seek a permanent position.

“I was reinvigorated and happy to be back in a school district,” said Ms. Serafin about her time at Demarest. “I was drawn to the Mater Dei Prep principal position after learning more about the school community,” specifically the four pillars of faith, knowledge, service and community that guide the students, she said.

“I just love the fact that it’s a small community, it’s a faith-based community, the kids do community service. It’s all the things that you want in a school to help students grow and develop into contributing community members,” Ms. Serafin, who is an active member of St. Dominic parish in Brick, said. And she was impressed with the “warm, welcoming environment.”

She also points out the appropriateness of her becoming Mater Dei Prep principal, considering the plural of the school’s mascot, the Seraph, is “seraphim.”

“And my last name is ‘Serafin.’ How apropos! This is meant to be.”