40 under 40 Frank Camardo
Frank Camardo is an Assistant Principal and has been selected for the Burlington 40 Under 40 class of 2014.Source: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/tabs/40under40/frank-john-camardo-assistant-principal-riverside-elementary-school/article_72a2cee1-2a63-56c1-8d7c-cb22fa85cbe4.html
What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?
I attended Delran High School. Undergraduate at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina where I studied Elementary and Special Education. I did my graduate work at the College of NJ where I studied to be a reading specialist and I attended The University of Pennsylvania in their Educational Leadership program for Aspiring Principals.
What community organizations do you spend time on/with?
During my time at Riverside Elementary I have worked on numerous school community projects such as a clothing drive that provided parents with new clothes for their children. I have been involved with starting Parent Empowerment Nights that are held monthly to educate parents on topics such as cyberbullying, literacy skills at home and understanding students with ADHD. Also, every holiday season I have worked with the school to help families in need give their children a nice Christmas with new clothes and toys.
What single primary characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?
What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?
As a school administrator I have to made decisions on a daily basis and when I get an email or a thank you from a student or a parent because of something that I helped them with (no matter how small) — that is all the fulfillment I need.
What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?
My “Nannymom” because as a child we were very close and I would love to share my accomplishments in my career and my life with her because I know she would be thrilled.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
Even though I love what I do — I have always dreamed of becoming a commercial airline pilot and traveling around the world as my job.
Advice for future community leaders?
Always believe in what you do and know that it does make a difference.
Tell us your own personal mission statement.
No matter what the circumstance — always do what is right for kids.
Fiction or non-fiction? Why?
Realistic fiction because as a former language arts teacher this genre was one that always grasped students interests as well as mine.
If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?
”Never Stop Believing”
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
As a school principal continuing to advocate for students and looking to become a Superintendent of Schools.