Laurence R. Fieber
Larry Fieber is widely recognized as a highly accomplished visionary educator and educational leader who embraces change and challenge.
Larry began his career in public education as a social studies teacher at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in Princeton Junction, NJ. There he developed and implemented the popular and highly acclaimed Washington Seminar that annually provided over 100 students the opportunity to study public affairs and the foundations of the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C. Larry also served as an assistant principal at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School before being selected as the educational leader charged with responsibility for closing a dilapidated, underperforming urban rim school, and planning for and opening a new school to replace the previous facility.
During his ten-year tenure as the principal of the Parkway School in Ewing, New Jersey, Larry significantly raised student academic achievement and improved behavioral performance, earning the school both local and state recognition for excellence. The new school was also recognized by The College of New Jersey as a “laboratory school,” where student teachers learned from practicing teachers while providing instructional support to students.
After leaving the Parkway School, Larry was recruited to re-establish stability in the Princeton Young Achievers program in three after-school neighborhood centers. He was able to restore sound fiscal accountability and effective management practices within three months of appointment.
Continuing his commitment to public education, Larry took on the new challenge of advancing Standard & Poor’s national website, SchoolMatters.com, which provided parents and taxpayers with transparent school and school district performance data via a publicly-accessible, interactive website. During his tenure with S&P, Larry presented to audiences nationally regarding data interpretation and data-based decision making.
Currently, Larry serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey and as the State Director of the New Jersey Future Educators Association. Through the Center and the NJFEA, Larry works to inspire, encourage, and recruit high school and middle school students who are considering teaching as a future career, particularly in high poverty and hard-to-staff schools and subject areas.
One of the premier initiatives offered through the Center for Future Educators is the nationally acclaimed Urban Teacher Academy program, which Larry developed and launched at The College of New Jersey in 2006. Now under the auspices of the Center for Future Educators, the UTA program draws record numbers of applicants and continues to provide high school juniors with an intensive summer experience in teaching in urban centers, including addressing the educational, social, and economic challenges faced in urban communities.
Larry also introduced to New Jersey and facilitated the Tomorrow’s Teachers Training program, developed by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA). The program was designed as a junior/senior elective course targeted to attract and recruit talented students into the teaching profession. As of June 2010, teachers from 120 New Jersey high schools were trained to implement this program. Through Larry’s collaborative efforts with Fairleigh Dickinson University, high school students now have the opportunity to earn college credit for successfully completing the Tomorrow’s Teachers course in high school.
Larry also developed and implemented the first annual New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA) Conference. The inaugural conference was hosted by The College of New Jersey and attended by over 300 high school students aspiring to become teachers. He has since facilitated NJFEA conferences at Rowan University, Montclair State University, and Kean University, in addition to William Paterson University and Princeton University coming up later this year.
Also as part of the work of the NJFEA, Larry provides leadership in the development of an effective network of New Jersey Future Education Association chapters, and led the inaugural meeting of the NJFEA at the New Jersey Education Association Annual Convention in Atlantic City last year. He also recruited and provided leadership training for the first student state officers to guide the NJFEA. This past February, Larry took the state officers to the 22nd Annual Future Educators Association International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, making it the first time ever that New Jersey was represented at the convention.
In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Future Educators and State Director of the NJFEA, Larry also currently mentors educational leaders throughout New Jersey as part of the Leader-To-Leader Program sponsored by New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Education. He mentors educational leaders in highly economically disadvantaged schools in Pennsylvania, and he was recruited by Lehigh University as an educational consultant to help implement a major, new grant initiative as part of the University’s Center for Developing Urban Educational Leaders.
Larry holds a certificate from The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master’s in Educational Administration from SUNY Albany, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Alfred University. He has also studied educational leadership and administration at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, The College of New Jersey, Rider University, and Rutgers University.
He is certified as a New Jersey Chief School Administrator, New Jersey Principal and Supervisor, Pennsylvania Principal, and as a New Jersey Social Studies Teacher, grades 7-12. He is also a Certified Supervisor of student teachers at The College of New Jersey, Rider University, and Lehigh University.
Larry was featured as “Envisioner Exemplar” in the book Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals, by E.K. McEwan (Corwin Press, 2003). He was recognized as the National Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year and the New Jersey Principal of the Year, and was nominated for the Princeton University Teacher of the Year Award. He also served as the 2008 Keynote Speaker for The College of New Jersey’s Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Induction. Larry has received numerous other awards and recognitions, including:
- The College of New Jersey Professional Development Award for School Leadership
- New Jersey PTA President’s Award for Outstanding School Leadership
- New Jersey School Boards Association School Leader Award
- West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South Hall of Honor
- New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Golden Lamp Award
- Hayes-Fulbright Scholar to India