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About Assistant Principals

bergerGrade 9 - Michael Berger

A Burlington County native, Michael was captain of his high school's football and wrestling teams while attending Holy Cross High School. After graduating from Montclair State University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Social Studies Teaching Certificate, Michael had the privilege of teaching in Morris County for many years before returning home to Burlington County to teach near his hometown. While teaching, he obtained his M.A. in Educational Leadership. Mr. Berger is a former social studies teacher, coach, club advisor, and has served on several curriculum/instruction committees.
Mr. Berger loves working in public education because it affords him the opportunity to lead in the organization, supervision, and promotion of excellence in high school athletics and co-curricular programs while also working to provide opportunities for high academic achievement and personal growth for all students.
He truly believes that school offers students the opportunity to develop and strengthen the academic, social, and emotional skills needed in order to be successful, productive citizens.
Mr. Berger has three young sons who keep him very busy reading, exploring, and traveling to youth sporting events.
Rosetta Grade 10 - Rosetta Brown

For the past twenty years, Mrs. Brown has dedicated her life and service to the field of education. Before becoming the tenth-grade Assistant Principal, she served as a school counselor for thirteen years at Hightstown High School. During her tenure at Hightstown High School as a school counselor, Mrs. Brown aimed to make decisions in the best interest of all school members. She worked closely with the administrative team as an advocate for students and additional staff support as a union leader. Now she is elated to join the ranks of the dedicated high school administrative team, working with students while supporting the teachers, counselors, CST members, nurses, and support staff.

Mrs. Brown is a wife and mother of three children, who are a source of motivation. She has a Bachelor's degree from Bennett College, a Master's Degree from North Carolina A&T State University, and a Principal Certification from The College of New Jersey. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Walden University.

She recognizes that education is a life-long process and is committed to putting students first, keeping them at the center of all school-related decisions. She encourages all members of the Hightstown family to become involved to bridge the divide and contribute to the success of their students.

Mrs. Brown is honored and privileged to have been allowed to continue her career at Hightstown High School. She looks forward to working with everyone and reminds them that, although she is now an Assistant Principal, she will always remain "of the people, for the people!"

johnGrade 11 - John Perillo

Mr. Perillo grew up in Hamilton Township, NJ, and was heavily involved in music and sports. An all-state musician, Mr. Perillo attended Trenton State College where he majored in Music Education with a primary focus on Saxophone. Upon graduating, Mr. Perillo spent 5 years in the Everett, MA school system as a K-5 Music teacher. His career continued in South Brunswick, where Mr. Perillo spent 14 years in Crossroads Middle School as an instrumental music teacher.

Mr. Perillo completed his Masters Degree in Educational Instruction from TCNJ, and went on to complete his administrative coursework at Caldwell University. As an administrator, Mr. Perillo was the Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor for Hamilton Township Schools and the East Brunswick School District before coming to Hightstown High School.

Mr. Perillo spends most of his time outside of school driving to and from soccer practices for his son, and drama and dance rehearsals for his daughter. He and his wife also have 2 dogs, Daisy and Fluffy.
jenGrade 12 - Jennifer Riggi

Mrs. Riggi grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Freehold Township High School. She attended William Paterson University and received a B.A. in English & Education. She was a teacher in the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District for several years and obtained her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Georgian Court University. Mrs. Riggi then moved on to become a Curriculum Supervisor as a shared service provider for the South Bound Brook & Somerville Public School Districts, as well as the Supervisor of Student Affairs and Instruction at Somerville High School. She has also served as the Assistant Principal at Holmdel High School.
Mrs. Riggi enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She is thrilled to be a part of the RAMS community.