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Charles Ross graduated from Rutgers University in 1990 with a B.A. in History and completed his education coursework at Rutgers Newark in 1993. He obtained his M.A. in Educational Administration in 2000 from New Jersey City University and has begun doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught history in East Orange, been an SAT Site Director/Math Teacher for the Princeton Review, and been Assistant Principal of East Orange High School and East Orange Campus 9 where he helped build a successful system of small learning communities. Other jobs he has held include Security Supervisor at Yankee Stadium, paralegal for Jacoby & Meyers, and sandwich maker for Blimpie. His interests include both family history and the history of secondary schools in New Jersey.
Mr. Ferrara was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After graduating from Elizabeth High School, he attended Montclair State University and received his B.S. in Business Administration in 1994. Joseph then obtained his M.A. in Educational Administration in 2001. Mr. Ferrara’s teaching career began in 1994. After teaching middle school in Elizabeth for 8 years he became a vice-principal. He served in that capacity for eight years before arriving at Edison High School in August 2010. Joseph also coached basketball in Elizabeth for 17 years at St. Anthony’s Grammar School and St. Mary’s High School. Mr. Ferrara is married and has three children.
Mrs. Jannette Ball has been in the Edison Schools since she graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick in 1987 with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education teaching Spanish. In 2005, Mrs. Ball received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Georgian Court University, Lakewood. Since September of that year, Mrs. Ball has been an Assistant Principal at Edison High School. She resides in Brick, NJ where she enjoys boating with her husband and two daughters. “It is my unwavering belief that all students have the ability to learn all things if given the correct instruction in the best environment. This is one that allows them to explore, question, and try new things. I believe that an educator’s responsibility is to create a school environment that is safe, fun, and enjoyable. If the students feel the school is like a second home, they will be motivated to learn.”