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Mount Olive High School Alumna Named Assistant Superintendent

May 24, 2022 11:21PM ● By Joe Nicastro

A Mount Olive High School alumna will take the number 2 spot in the district she once called home. At its regular monthly meeting on April 25, the Mount Olive Board of Education appointed Sumit Bangia Ed.D as assistant superintendent, effective July 1. Bangia replaces Lisa Schleer who left the district for the private sector.

“I’m excited to welcome her back to Mount Olive,” said Superintendent Robert Zywicki, Ed.D. “Sumit is an accomplished and well-regarded educational leader. During the interview process, I was completely blown away by her expertise and technical knowledge. She’s the perfect addition to our team.”

Bangia brings more than 20 years of educational experience to Mount Olive. Currently, she serves as assistant superintendent in Mountain Lakes. In addition to her school and district supervisory roles there, she developed a dual enrollment program for the district, led the state reporting processes, and organized the district’s strategic planning initiative. She is also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall where she specializes in teaching graduate-level courses focused on curriculum development and instructional planning.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Mount Olive,” she said. “I’m especially excited to work alongside the great educators there and reconnect with the larger school community, including both parents and students.”

Bangia began her career teaching social studies at Randolph High School, before moving on to serve as supervisor of humanities in Verona, then director of secondary education in Caldwell-West Caldwell.


She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education (concentration in social studies) from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in administration and supervision from Montclair State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth.


More than two dozen educators applied for the position in March. Bangia was selected after an extensive four-round interview process which involved parents, teachers, counseling staff, and school and central office administrators.