Michael Vargas, Ed.S. is serving his fifth year as the Supervisor of Special Services in the Belleville Public School District, as well as the district’s Interventions and Referral Services (I&RS) Coordinator. He is also the district's Talented and Gifted Coordinator. In addition, Michael oversees 504 Accommodation plans at three elementary schools and Belleville High School. During the 2016-2017 school year, Mr. Vargas spearheaded Belleville's district-wide positive behavior support program, Belleville B.A.N.K. (Behaviors All Need to Know) throughout all elementary schools.
Michael began his career as a school psychologist on a child study team working with students ages three to twenty-one years old. Mr. Vargas earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University. His post-graduate work began at Seton Hall University where he earned a Master’s of Arts (M.A.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in School and Community Psychology, along with New Jersey standard certification as a school psychologist. In 2014, Michael earned his New Jersey Principal and Supervisor Certifications from Montclair State University. In May 2016, Michael acquired a certificate from the Harvard Leadership Institute for District Leaders for his personal studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In March 2017, Michael continued his work at Harvard, earning a certificate in Racial Equality and Leadership in Schools, in an effort to bridge the gap of racial inequality in academic achievement.
Mr. Vargas served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University teaching courses in Cognitive Assessment, Clinical Skills, and Research Methods within the College of Education and Human Services. As a school psychologist, Michael’s experience includes case management of special education students, IEP development, administering psychological assessments, and developing effective intervention strategies to within inclusive classroom environments. Practicing in classrooms that implement Applied Behavioral Analysis strategies has allowed Mr. Vargas extensive experience applying behavioral interventions across all educational settings. In addition to his child study team responsibilities, Michael also served as his school’s Anti-Bullying Specialist. During his professional career, Michael has presented on topics including bullying, behavioral interventions, and resources for families of children with developmental disabilities. He has worked to infuse technology into all classrooms in order to prepare students to become 21st century leaders.
As a district administrator, Michael’s goal is to work collaboratively with staff, parents, and students in establishing progressive, inclusive educational programs that meet the needs of all students. In 2016, Mr. Vargas was a member of the committee to establish a new Mission Statement for Belleville Public Schools in order to support those goals throughout the district. He works daily to help all Belleville learners become 21st century leaders.
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