Mr. Michael Vargas

Michael Vargas, Ed.S. serves as the Director of Early Childhood Education in Belleville Public Schools. He also serves as the Principal of the Hornblower Early Childhood Center (HECC).  For six years, Michael served as the Supervisor of Special Services in Belleville Public Schools, as well as the district’s Interventions and Referral Services (I&RS) Coordinator. He was also the district's Talented and Gifted Coordinator. In addition, Michael also supervised the development of 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 in Philadelphia, PA. 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 experience 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 included 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. During his professional career, Michael has presented on topics including bullying, behavioral interventions, Talented and Gifted education, and resources for families of children with developmental disabilities.  He has worked to integrate contemporary digital education into all classrooms in order to prepare students for modern post-secondary careers.  

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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