• Welcome to Central School

     Dr. Joseph A. Caravela

          Children come first and decisions based upon what's best for the child should be at the forefront of our minds. My wife, Amy, and I have three children: Isabel – 18 years old, Lillian – 15 1/2 years old, and Quinton – 14 years old and they are the most precious and important in our lives.  I know how important your children are to you and I will do what’s right for them to succeed in school.     

           I began my career in the Paterson Public Schools as a classroom teacher in a K-8 building.  There, I worked with students on all levels in a practical approach to teaching weather using satellite images and by taking daily weather readings.  My primary position was a sixth grade teacher instructing all areas of the curriculum.  After three years, I had the opportunity to work for the Mountain Lakes School district.  I spent four years at Briarcliff Middle School teaching language arts, social studies, and English to both 6th and 7th graders.  I strongly believed in creating interactive lessons including theories of Multiple Intelligences, Emotional Intelligence, Research and Brain-Based Learning, and Differentiated Instruction.  A teacher can never have enough tools in his bag; the key is to know when to use them.  If my students did not enjoy and respect the learning process and the lessons that I delivered, then I adjusted.  I learned to love the students as if they were my own and hold that same notion today.  For three years, I was the Assistant Principal at Mountain Lakes High School where I honed my skills in the areas of discipline, leadership, and handling multiple tasks simultaneously.  I have had the opportunity to work for outstanding leaders and have modeled my leadership style after them. 

           In my experience, I have learned that children come first and make decisions based upon what is best for them.  As a parent of three, I know the concerns you have for your children and will always listen and have an open mind. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by or call. 


    Educationally Yours,

    Dr. Joseph A. Caravela, Principal
    Central School
    180 Hillside Avenue
    Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028
    Phone: (973) 707-5080