Superintendent of West Deptford Schools

Gregory J. Cappello, Esq.

Superintendent of Schools for West Deptford Township

Greg Cappello



ABOUT YOUR SUPERINTENDENT

Greg Cappello has been an educator for more than 20 years. After graduating from Rowan University, he started his career in education as a High School English teacher in the Vineland Public School District. He then moved on to Shawnee High School teaching Computer Repair, Networking, Woodshop, Technology and TV Technology. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Rowan University and a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership, and a law degree from Rutgers University, Mr. Cappello began his career as an Administrator. Greg served at the Camden County Technical Schools as an Athletic Director, Assistant Principal and Principal.

His career highlights include creating award-winning programs designed to help at-risk students take responsibility for their future. The first program that Greg helped create was the Martial Arts Character Program at Penn Tech in Pennsauken, New Jersey. That program was designed to teach students non-violent conflict resolution through mindfulness and respect. The program won a Promising Practice from Character.org. Another program that Mr. Cappello created that won a Promising Practice was the Student Improvement Group. That program was created to help at-risk students take responsibility for their learning and look at the world in a different way to ensure success. The students met in groups once a month to discuss topics that would help bring out the best in students with very difficult lives. The data showed that students involved in their group overwhelmingly improved in attendance, grades and reduced discipline referrals.

A lifelong believer in Career and Technical Education, Greg created the Camden County Technical Schools Technology Challenge. That program brought together teams of Middle School students to compete in highly technical design, build and compete programs. Student teams followed the design process to construct and test hot dog launchers and egg crates in a high-energy environment with music and an Elvis impersonator for a fun and memorable educational experience.

Mr. Cappello left Camden County Technical Schools to become an Assistant Superintendent at the Monroe Township School District. With much personnel shuffling at Monroe, Greg was the Acting Superintendent, Director of Maintenance, Director of Technology and Personnel Director all at the same time. Luckily, that only lasted for a couple of months. As Assistant Superintendent, Greg started the Equity/Diversity Committee, brought the Town Council together with the School District for shared services in Technology and implemented various safety/security and technology projects District-wide.

Greg is the father of four children with his wife Marianne, who works for the New Jersey State Department of Education. Greg maintains his status as an Attorney in New Jersey, specializing in Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying issues in schools. Mr. Cappello continues to train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA and karate as much as possible.

Mr. Cappello had this to say about joining West Deptford, “West Deptford is a close-knit community with a reputation of going the extra mile for students. I am very excited and humbled to be a part of this outstanding school District and I look forward to working to continue this standard of excellence that the West Deptford Schools are known for.”



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