Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Dr. Caffrey's Bio:
Dr. Caffrey was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from Rowan University, back when it was called Glassboro State College. She immediately began her career as a special education teacher at Burlington County Special Services School District. After spending many years as a public school teacher, Dr. Caffrey completed her master's degree in educational administration at Penn State. Her thesis focused on how public school funding structures influence instructional practice. Soon after earning her administrative certification, she began working as an educational leader for a national non-profit organization, serving as its chief school administrator for publicly funded programs for at-risk youth, operating in partnership with local school districts across eight states and the Cayman Islands. In 1998, Dr. Caffrey earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation focused on the role of academic assessment in improving educational quality for at-risk youth. After ten years of working across the country and the Caribbean, Dr. Caffrey turned her focus to her own local community, and opened a non-public school in Florida that integrated the arts with academics, and welcomed students with diverse learning needs. After spending six years leading this unique school, she moved to New York City and spent several years as an assistant superintendent, working first to improve parental involvement across the city, and then supporting a network of schools serving mainly international students. Dr. Caffrey was thrilled to accept the position of Superintendent of Perth Amboy Public Schools in 2011, and return to her home state. In the 2012-13 school year, you will be able to find her back in the classroom one period a day, teaching Physics to 9th grade students at Perth Amboy High School.
Dr. Caffrey enjoys writing, and has published two parenting books. She also loves theatre, music, walking, boating, and learning about the history of Perth Amboy. Her greatest joy is her family. She has been married to Drew Caffrey for nearly 30 years. Together they have two grown children who continue to delight and inspire them.