Director of Secondary Education
With over 30 years’ experience in the world of education, George Droste has served in a leadership capacity at the Belleville School District since 2003. In 2003, he was appointed to serve as the district’s K-12 Mathematics Supervisor. During his tenure he successfully revised the K-6 curriculum which contributed to the steady improvement of the state’s standardize test scores. In January 2007, he was appointed to the position of Vice-Principal at Belleville High School and concurrently remained as Supervisor for the balance of the school year. Over the next three years as vice-principal, he along with his fellow administrators made improvements in the area of curriculum, creating and implementing new programs, successfully administrating state tests, constructing viable master schedules, and continually promoting a positive school climate. During the 2011-2012 school year, Mr. Droste was appointed Vice-Principal on Special Assignment. For the next 2 1/2 years he assisted/covered the elementary principals with their day-to-day operations, evaluated personnel, served as District Test Coordinator, Perkins Grant Coordinator, and NCLB Grant Coordinator. In February 2014, Mr. Droste’s duties included serving as Vice-Principal at Belleville Middle School until the end of the school year. In 2014-2015, he served as the Assistant Principal at Belleville High School. In addition to his normal duties as assistant principal, he served as the supervisor for the Mathematics, World Language, and Fine & Preforming Arts Departments, and was an active member on the following committees: ScIP; PARRC; BETAC; Evaluation Model; Technology; Grant. This year, as District Director of Secondary Education Mr. Droste will be directly involved in all programs related to the high school. Mr. Droste is proud to serve the students, staff, administration, and families of the Belleville School District.
Mr. Droste obtained his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1983. He then pursued and obtained his teaching certificate from Ramapo College in 1986. Mr. Droste obtained both his supervisor and principal certificate after earning his Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Kean University in 1999. He also wishes to pursue his school administrator certificate in the near future. In addition, Mr. Droste has also served as an adjunct professor of Mathematics Basic Skills at Essex County College.
Mr. Droste is a proud product of a public education and has been a resident of Belleville for 22 years. He has participated in many public events to benefit the students and members of the community. Mr. Droste knows firsthand that Belleville’s students are wonderful, talented, intelligent, and committed to become productive citizens. He is married and has four children, all of which were proud graduates of the Belleville School District.
Mr. Droste is a firm believer that “Every student has the ability to learn and succeed.”