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Dear Cliffwood Elementary School Community,

I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to each of you as we embark on an exciting new chapter together. I am honored and truly humbled to introduce myself as the new principal of Cliffwood Elementary School. I am thrilled to connect with familiar faces and extend a heartfelt greeting to all our families, both new and seasoned.  

Having been a part of this incredible school community as a first grade teacher and interventionist, I am well-acquainted with the warmth, dedication and spirit that define us. It is truly a homecoming for me and I am eager to continue the journey of cultivating an environment where every child thrives.

I am excited to reiterate my dedication to each student, having experienced the profound impact of education not just as an educator, but as a mother myself. My commitment in creating a nurturing and family-centric approach is deeply rooted in this perspective.  Having my own family, my husband David and our two children, David (11) and Madelyn (9), has taught me the importance of creating an educational environment that is an extension of home. I assure you, as principal, my decisions will be guided by the same care and consideration I give to my own family.  

Before taking on the role of assistant principal at Matawan Aberdeen Middle School, I started my teaching career in the Edison School District, working as a teacher, reading specialist and literacy coach.  Additionally, in the Edison School District and the Matawan Aberdeen School District, I was the Title 1 Coordinator. In this role, I worked to ensure that resources were strategically allocated to support students and families, particularly those facing academic challenges. These experiences have enriched my understanding of creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment for all students. 

Let’s embark on this journey together, building on the strong foundation that Cliffwood Elementary School provides. I am excited to collaborate with you, our dedicated staff and most importantly our wonderful students to create an educational experience that sparks curiosity and cultivates a love for learning.  


Warm regards,

Christine F. Cherence


Cliffwood Elementary School