Linda Cerino

Linda Cerino is a product of Catholic Education from K-12. Her elementary years were spent at Saint Lucy School in Newark, New Jersey, while her high school years were spent in Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Newark, New Jersey.  She went on to attend Jersey City State College (now New Jersey City University) graduating  in 1974 with a BA in elementary education, and a minor in the social sciences.  During her first year of teaching, she taught at Sacred Heart School for Boys.  This was a  very small boarding school in Kearny, New Jersey.  She stayed one year teaching 6th grade and social studies 5-8.  Looking to branch out into a larger school, and wanting to return to her roots of Newark, N.J., she applied and was hired at Saint Michael School teaching 5th grade.  During that time she wanted to further her education and decided to attend Montclair State University in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Leadership, as she  had always aspired to become a principal. After 3 years in 5th grade, she was moved to the 8th grade where she spent 1 year.  After that year, she assumed the role of vice principal until 1983.  In 1983 she received her Master’s Degree and was appointed principal of Saint Michael School.  It is here that she has remained, expending all efforts to insure a stable learning environment for the many city youngsters in her care.  Believing that only through education can one become a better teacher-principal, Linda returned to Rutger’s, the State University of New Brunswick to pursue a specialists degree (Ed.S.)  In 2003 she obtained her Ed.S. and decided to continue on to a doctorate in teacher leadership.  She did this through Walden University, an on-line institution.  She received her doctorate in 2009 having completed her dissertation, A Qualitative Study of At-Risk Seventh Graders.