Office of the SuperintendentPaterson Public Schools

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Eileen F. Shafer, M.Ed.
Superintendent, Paterson Public Schools

Eileen F. ShaferEileen F. Shafer was appointed superintendent of Paterson Public Schools and is currently in her 30th year serving in the district. Throughout her tenure in Paterson, Ms. Shafer has proved herself to be a visionary who prides herself on delivering excellent customer service and increasing student outcomes.
Born to Robert J. and Elizabeth Shafer, Ms. Shafer grew up in Belleville. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Montclair State University in 1980 and her Master of Education degree at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania in 1981. Ms. Shafer’s passion for education drove her to earn certifications as a substance awareness coordinator, a principal and a chief school administrator.
Through her many years of educational service, she has demonstrated her leadership abilities along with her dedication to the Paterson community through the many positions she has held in the Paterson Public Schools district. Ms. Shafer began working in the Paterson Public Schools in 1992 as the district’s supervisor of the Substance Awareness Department, a position in which developed the district’s substance abuse intervention procedures. She later became the supervisor of the district’s Physical Education and Health Department. In this role, Ms. Shafer made many notable accomplishments including founding the Paterson Public School’s annual Teen Health Fair, publishing the Physical Education and Health newsletter, and serving on the State Core Curriculum Content Standard Committee.
Ms. Shafer has also led the district’s human resources efforts; first, as the district’s human resources director, and then three years later as assistant superintendent of human resources. In these roles, Ms. Shafer showed her commitment to Paterson Public Schools educators, and demonstrated her aptitude for leading with professionalism and compassion as she addressed the needs of all district stakeholders.
In 2008, Ms. Shafer became Paterson Public Schools assistant superintendent of school administration K-12, supervising and evaluating 16 school administrators. She was the driving force behind the district’s High School Renewal Initiative, which involved transforming the comprehensive high schools in the Paterson Public School District (Eastside Campus and the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex) into themed academies. She also worked to increase the graduation rate, the number of Paterson students who enrolled in college, as well as the number of students who performed at the level of proficient or higher on the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).



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