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Sep 15, 2022

RFH Names Stephen Sarles as New Principal

Mr. Stephen Sarles has assumed the role of Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School’s new principal.

Stephen Sarles, approved by the Board of Education in May, has officially begun his role as the next principal for Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. As he takes on this new position, Sarles will draw on his extensive 28 years of experience in education, more than 11 of which have been spent at RFH.   

Sarles, who holds a master’s degree in classical archaeology and a bachelor’s degree in Latin and classical archaeology, began his teaching career at the university level before becoming a shared Latin teacher at RFH and neighboring Red Bank Regional in 1998.  He spent the next 12 years as a Latin and Advanced Placement art history teacher at RBR, where he was honored as Teacher of Year in 2005 and became the school’s first International Baccalaureate Coordinator. From there, Sarles entered administration assuming the role of Supervisor of World Cultures in the Ocean Township School District and oversaw the World Language Department for first through 12th grades and the Social Studies Department for sixth through 12th grades. In December 2013, Sarles became RFH’s vice principal, the role he has held until now. Sarles has been a Monmouth County resident for the past 24 years and currently resides in Oceanport with his wife and three sons.

Sarles’ appointment concludes a principal search process that began upon notice by Kevin Pfister of his resignation last spring.  After reviewing dozens of applications, a comprehensive multi-round interview process took place and he emerged as the clear standout.  

Sarles shared, “I’m delighted to continue to grow and make an impact here at RFH, a school that truly has the best kids. They look out for each other, they have fun together, and they love to learn.  The sense of community here at RFH is like no other, and I look forward to continuing to foster such in the years ahead.”

Sarles’ previous role, vice principal, will be filled by Meredith Brow. Brow will be joining RFH from the Brick Township Public School System where she has served as high school vice principal and elementary school principal. Her prior teaching experience was in fine arts, graphic design and digital photography.  

Sarles noted, “I’m very excited to be working with Meredith. Her varied experiences and perspectives will be welcome and valuable additions to all of the wonderful things we are already doing here at RFH.”