Dr. David GentileSuperintendent of Schools
Dear Voorhees Community,
I write this introductory letter with great enthusiasm. On July 1, 2019, I began officially serving the Voorhees Township Community in the capacity of school superintendent. Despite only recently starting, I am completely enamored with my new home. I feel very fortunate to have been given the responsibility to care for the students of Voorhees Township.
My educational career began in 1998 as a teacher. Over the years, I have enjoyed many different teaching assignments. I admit my time as a 4th grade teacher is at the top of my list. Another bright spot was being assigned to an alternative school program designed for students in grades ranging from 5th through 8th grade. This was a great opportunity to try new approaches of teaching and learning to benefit my students who were not previously successful in the traditional program. I also coached high-school baseball and football.
My foundational administrative experiences include serving as a middle school assistant-principal and principal. My passion for learning and drive to make a greater impact on students’ lives eventually led to my first superintendent assignment in Mount Holly, NJ. I would follow that experience in Millville, NJ where I served as the superintendent for just under a decade. I truly enjoyed my time in Millville. Consequently, I was not actively in the market for a new opportunity. However, after learning of Mr. Brosel’s intention to retire, I knew immediately that this vacancy was one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities. Known for +its strong commitment to education, Voorhees Township is one of those rare communities all educators are naturally drawn. I knew at once that I wanted to be your next educational leader.
Growing up, my parents instilled the value of an honest and hard day’s work. From an early age, I began to carry my father’s toolbelt and accompany him in service to our small family Heating & Air-conditioning business. Although my parents were not able to attend college, they recognized the growing importance of higher education. For my sister and I, it was never a question of if we would attend. To this day, I deeply appreciate my parents for setting the expectations high. I learned to be accountable for my actions to show ownership of both my successes and mistakes. It is with this personal background that I approach my professional work. I fervently believe that every child is capable of greatness! It is during their time as students where they search to define their personal definition of greatness. I further believe that our staff and students must put in an honest effort each and every day in order to realize their full potential. I want learning experiences to be challenging, innovative, and whenever possible, we should all try to have a bit of fun along the way.
I am a happy husband and father. My wife, Kristie, works fulltime in Philadelphia. Our son, David, just completed his 7th grade year. He is a competitive swimmer and a deeply analytical thinker. He is an avid video-gamer and is happiest at home with family or close friends. Our daughter, Grace, will enter 5th grade this September. She is a gymnast, diver and all-around adventure seeker. She is happiest when she is outside and active either on her bike or skateboard. In our neighborhood you will most often find her leading a pack of other children. She includes everyone and has never met a stranger. They have wide ranging learning preferences and interests.
As a father, I want my children to spend their day with educators who can see value in each of their unique personalities. It is my hope that they will be challenged intellectually and emotionally during their school day so they may each grow and develop as they mature. I want them to be respected and to show others compassion, understanding, and patience. As parents, what really is satisfying to my wife and I is attending a parent-teacher conference with a professional who clearly knows and understands who each of our children are. It is my commitment as the school superintendent and lead learner that I will demand the same for your children. Fortunately, I am joining a wonderful community and school district that already has a positive reputation. It will be my driving passion to help push us beyond and never accept that we cannot get better. It is said that good can be the enemy of great if we rest on our success. I very much look forward to partnering with our parents, community leaders and professional staff to ensure we have the best schools in the World.
I look forward to meeting all of you and shaping the future of education for the Voorhees Township Public School District.
***Save the date(s):
Join us for light refreshments and conversations at our upcoming event, “The Voice of Voorhees”. On September 3rd and 5th I will be hosting two learning sessions. On the 3rd we will be at Signal Hill Elementary School from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and September 5th at Osage Elementary School from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. I will provide a brief introduction and overview of my vision for joining this community. Immediately following, we will facilitate small group discussions to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.
Our focus will be simple:
1. What do you absolutely love about the VTPS?
2. What is the top priority facing the VTPS?
David N. Gentile