Dr. Christopher Nagy, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Nagy graduated from St. John Lateran University in Rome, Italy with both a Bachelor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Theology degrees. While in Rome, he also earned his Master of Arts in Theology from St. Thomas University. He returned to the United States and began his formal career in education in Bethlehem, PA in a private school. He taught Latin and Theology as well as gained a love for working with students both in the classroom as well as while serving as a club advisor and assistant athletic director. After a short time at the school, Dr. Nagy was asked to take on additional duties including the role of vice principal and oversight of school finances. He earned his Masters in Education in Educational Leadership and administrator certifications from Lehigh University in 1993.
Dr. Nagy transitioned to public education as a high school assistant principal in Allentown, New Jersey where he was promoted to high school principal in 1999; he worked in this position for 11 years. While there, Dr. Nagy positioned the school to be recognized among the top 100 schools in New Jersey by NJ Monthly Magazine. During this time, Dr. Nagy earned his Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from Widener University and was the first in his class to publish his dissertation as a book: The Alternate Route Teachers' Transition to the Classroom: A 21st Century Perspective on the Journey for Those Who Seek Alternative Pathways to Teaching. In 2011, he assumed the role of Superintendent of Schools in Bergen County, NJ where he had oversight of two high schools and the Region III North Jersey Autism Center. As Superintendent, he increased academic achievement, established a one-on-one student laptop initiative, created a character education platform to include social and emotional (SOMO) wellbeing skill development, and implemented a social media platform for the district. He also created a special education program at the high schools to integrate special needs students with autism: The Valley High School Program, a first for the district and region. The work gained recognition from the NJ Dept. of Education and was awarded a grant to promote integration of special education students into regular education settings. Based on the work accomplished in the district, Dr. Nagy published two articles for AASA (American Association of School Administrators) (see http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=27856 and http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=24766).
In 2014, after three years in Bergen County, Dr. Nagy received the opportunity to leverage his administrative footprint in post-secondary education and career technical education in a duel role as the principal of the Adult Division of the Burlington County Institute of Technology and the Burlington County Apprentice Coordinator. At BCIT, he increased student enrollment and apprenticeships, expanded course offerings and programs, established a summer session, revised the website, created a job posting board for employers, and worked closely with county entities to promote job creation, training and youth partnerships while working on the promotion of partnerships with Rowan College at Burlington College. Given the success and turnaround of the program, Dr. Nagy then became the shared Assistant Superintendent for Special Education at the Burlington County Special Services School District and Burlington County Institute of Technology. At BCSSSD, he quickly engaged in the shepherding of the restructure of the BCSSSD Westampton Campus and newly formed partnership with Bancroft at Burlington County. As Superintendent, he also engaged in a process to expand programs as well as enhance the infrastructure, Child Study teams, curriculum and instruction, data, social media, web presence, district technology plans, establishment of District Curriculum Council, special education transition programs, emergent workforce development opportunities and in demand employer needs such as the newest launch of the School of Construction Technology among other innovations.
Dr. Nagy is a believer in being a lifelong learner and leading by example: in March 2016, he earned his certification in Applied Positive Psychology from the Flourishing Center in NYC to benefit the students and staff of both the BCSSSD and BCIT districts. Dr. Nagy also teaches Rider and Delaware Valley University doctoral courses related to curriculum and instruction, leadership, technology, diversity, societal change and special education. He is a former president of the Northern Valley Administrators Consortium and Upper Freehold Administrator’s Association and was the former NJ Department of Education Legal Chair for the Board of Examiners. Dr. Nagy is now treasurer to the NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools, member of the Burlington County Workforce Development Board and member of the Burlington County Education and Youth Services Collaboration Committee.
Todd Bonsall, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Insruction
Dr. Bonsall graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He also attended the National College of Chiropractic where he earned a second Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, as well as his Doctorate in Chiropractic. After practicing chiropractic for twelve years, Dr. Bonsall entered the immersion program at the College of New Jersey where he earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Hence, Dr. Bonsall has transitioned form hands-on healthcare to hands-on education.
At the onset of his educational career, Dr. Bonsall taught Biology and Physical Science at Lenape High School for three years. Upon receiving his Master’s degree, he obtained a position at Salem County Vocational Technical School as Assistant Principal. After two years, he was promoted to the Principalship of SCVTS for an additional three years. At this time, Dr. Bonsall transitioned to the Cumberland County Technical Education Center as the Principal for five years. Next, he acquired a district-level position at the Middlesex County Vocational Technical School District as the Director of Career and Technical Education for three years prior to becoming the Assistant Superintendent of BCIT/BCSSSD.
Over the past 14 years, Dr. Bonsall has developed a passion for both Career and Technical Education and Special Education. During this time, it has been his pleasure to work with both general education students and students with special needs through specialized hands-on career and technical education programs. In addition, he has significant experience in the development of CTE academies that serve to meet the needs of highly focused, high achieving CTE students. Recently, he has been instrumental in the development of the following programs: Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication; and the Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology Academy; as well as the infusion of Drone Technology and the College Head Start program. He has expanded the use of virtual and augmented technology in Welding and Auto Collision Repair. In addition, Dr. Bonsall has been heavily involved with the modernization and renovation of the Cosmetology, Allied Health Professionals and Welding Technology programs.
In addition to being a facilitator of the TregoED strategies to appraise situations and analyze decisions, potential problems and potential opportunities where he and his colleagues were recognized with the Benjamin B.Trego Award, Dr. Bonsall implemented a Grant Council and co-developed a Curriculum Council to oversee all aspects of curriculum and instruction. In 2011, Dr. Bonsall was presented with the SREB/TCTW National Outstanding School Award for outstanding achievement in Applied Technical Mathematics.
Mike Parker, Principal, Medford Campus
As a lifetime resident of Burlington County, Michael Parker has been an educator for 20 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. Upon graduating from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Education, Mr. Parker began teaching technology education classes at Burlington Township High School for 9 years. During this time, he held positions of head baseball coach, assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach. After earning his Master’s degree in School Leadership from Wilmington College, he was named Assistant Principal at Northern Burlington Regional School District for almost 3 years before being named Assistant Principal at BCIT-Medford. Mr. Parker was then promoted to principal in 2007 at the Medford campus after five years where he currently has oversight of several different departments and academic areas.
Joseph Venuto, Principal, Westampton Campus
Joseph Venuto began his teaching career as a Social Studies teacher and two years later, became a member of the Burlington County Institute of Technology’s staff in 1998 at the Westampton Campus. As a teacher, he coached soccer, wrestling, and became an integral part of the culture and tradition of the BCIT family. Mr. Venuto earned his Master’s degrees in Education and School Administration from Wilmington University. Upon completion of his degree work, he was promoted to the role of Assistant Principal at the Medford Campus for three years. Mr. Venuto was then selected in 2007 as the Westampton Campus building principal. Mr. Venuto is an active member of his professional association where he has served as President of the Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association.
Fred Aiken, Assistant Principal, Westampton Campus
Dr. Fred Aiken first started in the Burlington County Institute of Technology School-to-Work office assisting students with career placement and post-secondary opportunities. Since 1998 when he started in the District, Dr. Aiken has served as the assistant principal at the Medford Campus and this last year, in the same role at the Westampton Campus. Dr. Aiken earned his undergraduate and doctoral degree respectively from the University of Georgia and Temple University respectively specializing in physical education. He has coached football, basketball, and baseball at the high school level in Georgia and in New Jersey. Dr. Aiken oversees the career and technical education areas at BCIT-Westampton coordinating activities for students and staff.
Heidi Bouchard, Assistant Principal, Medford Campus
A graduate of Pemberton Township High School, Mrs. Bouchard pursued her undergraduate degree in History at Rutgers University where she was also a member of the Field Hockey team. Upon obtaining her degree, she began her teaching career as a History teacher at Helen A. Fort Middle School where she taught for two years before moving on to become a History Teacher at Pemberton Township High School. Having a desire to continue her academic pursuits, Mrs. Bouchard received her Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton and then taught at the high school level for a number of years before she became the Athletic Director/Health & Physical Education Supervisor K-12 in Pemberton Township School District. After serving in that position for a few years, she joined the BCIT-Medford administrative team in the dual role of Athletic Director/Assistant Principal and soon after as Assistant Principal with oversight of Guidance, I&RS, and 504’s as well as 12th grade discipline. Believing in the value of lifelong learning, Mrs. Bouchard is pursuing her doctoral studies from Concordia University in Educational Leadership.
Jackie Brownell, Supervisor of Humanities
Jackie Brownell is currently the Supervisor of Instruction for the Humanities at the Burlington County Institute of Technology. A seasoned administrator, Mrs. Brownell has been serving students and teachers in grades K-12 for over twenty five years as a teacher, administrator, instructional coach, literacy trainer/consultant, adjunct professor, student teacher supervisor, and reading specialist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education at St. Joseph’s University and at the same University, a Master of Science degree in Education with a specialty in Reading. She later participated in the New Jersey Excel program to acquire additional graduate credits in Educational Leadership. Recognized as a recipient of the NJ Teacher of the Year award, Mrs. Brownell is a strong advocate for literacy, has a passion for supporting teachers, and believes in helping all students reach their potential. Among her professional affiliations, Mrs. Brownell is a member of ILA and TESOL.
Jesse Pappler, Assistant Principal, Adult Education
After graduating from Lenape High School in 2001, Mr. Pappler earned his undergraduate degree from Rowan University in Health and Exercise Science with a specialization in teacher certification. In the spring of 2006, he was hired to teach Health and Physical Education at the BCIT-Medford Campus. In addition to his teaching experience, he served as an Assistant Boys’ Soccer Coach, Assistant Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Coach and Head Baseball Coach. He was later tapped as the Head Teacher for the Health and Physical Education Department for a few years until August of 2015 when he was named Interim Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. In January of 2016, Mr. Pappler was appointed full time Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. Mr. Peppler is an active member of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. In 2018 Mr. Pappler was appointed to lead the Adult Education Division as the Assistant Principal.
Laura Reigelsperger, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Laura Reigelsperger is the Director of Pupil Personnel Services with oversight of Special Education and Guidance at the Burlington County Institute of Technology a new position established in July 2018. Laura Reigelsperger attended Trenton State College as a double major in criminal justice and sociology for her undergraduate degree. During her senior year, she was chosen to engage in an exchange program at California State University: Fresno to further study profiling. She attended Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City and received a Masters in Social Work Degree. Her professional experience spans from corrections, mental health, Head Start, crisis screening and school consultations for mental and CST. In 2002, she started working in schools as a member of the child study team and attended NJExcel to receive the Supervisor and Principal certifications. In her various roles, she has worked in two districts in Central and North Jersey as a Supervisor and Director of Special Services. Currently, she is enrolled in the doctoral program for Educational Leadership at Rowan University.
Danielle Hartman, Supervisor of STEM
Danielle has been a passionate educator since 1996 and currently serves as the STEM Supervisor for the Burlington County Institute of Technology. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from Rowan University and her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Stockton University. From that same university, she also earned her Certifications in Supervision and School Leadership. Having a penchant for educational technology, Mrs. Hartman is a frequent presenter at conferences such as Educon, TeachmeetNJ, and Teachmeet International. She is a founding member of Edcamp NJ and is an avid proponent of the use of social media to promote good teaching and educational practices. Based on her work, Mrs. Hartman earned the ISTE Sigol Award for Excellence in Online Teaching and was featured in Tech & Learning Magazine and the ePals website. Mrs. Hartman has published multiple articles in Edudemic Magazine and in NJPSA's Educational Viewpoints.
Valerie Lee, Assisant Princpal, Westampton Campus
Valerie Lee is a familiar face at BCIT having more than 20 years of experience. She began her career at BCIT in 1993 as a teacher aid and then as a teacher of the handicapped in 1997 until 2005 when she was named Assistant Principal for the District. She remained at the Medford campus until 2010 and has been at the Westampton campus since that time. Mrs. Lee earned her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching of the Handicapped from Rowan University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University. Active in her professional associations, Mrs. Lee has served in the role as Vice President of the Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association.
Lauren Milanowicz, AD & Assistant Principal, Westampton Campus
Lauren Milanowicz is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education. Her formal educational career began at BCIT-Westampton in 2006 as a Teacher of Social Studies. During this time, she served as a class advisor and soccer coach for both the boys and girls teams from 2006-2013. During this time, she earned her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Strayer University and subsequently pursued administrator certifications from Delaware Valley College. In July 2014, she was offered the opportunity to serve the BCIT-Medford campus as the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director. One year later she was transferred back to the Westampton campus to serve the district in this same role.
Currently Mrs. Milanowicz oversees all athletic and extracurricular programs and the Health/Physical Education department at BCIT-Westampton. She is also the 9th grade disciplinarian and manages the campus PRIDE program, which recognizes students and staff for their altruistic individual efforts.
Christian Pino, Assistant Principal, Medford Campus
Christian Pino graduated from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s degree in Education from Wilmington University.
Mr. Pino began his BCIT career as a physical education teacher and during that time, coached Varsity Basketball, Baseball, and Cross Country for several years. Mr. Pino was then selected to be an Assistant Principal at BCIT -Westampton until last year when he was asked to serve in the same role at the BCIT - Medford campus. Mr. Pino is currently the Anti-Bullying Coordinator for the District and a member of the Burlington County School Crisis Response Team.