Memorial Middle School Principal Charles Silverstein will be retiring at the end of this school year.
In accepting the resignation, Board of Education President MaryAnn Perro said that Silverstein would be greatly missed. “We wish him all the best in his retirement.”
“After a wonderful 24 years as a part of the Woodland Park School District, I have decided to retire,” he wrote in a letter sent to parents and guardians. “I want to thank the entire Woodland Park community for the appreciation, caring and love that I have always felt as principal of Memorial School.”
Silverstein said he would truly miss the wonderful students, great parents, and excellent staff as well as the supportive community members.
“Mr. Silverstein will surely be missed,” said Superintendent Dr. Michele Pillari. “He has had such a positive impact on so many students, families and staff here in Woodland Park and we will be forever grateful. I wish him a lot of love, peace, happiness and joy as he enters the next chapter of his life.”
Beatrice Gilmore Principal Sharon Tomback worked with Silverstein for five years as vice principal at Memorial School and said that his legacy is “not one that can be captured in a quick quote. Rather, it can be seen first-hand in the lives of the countless individuals he has touched. Mr. Silverstein has a heart of gold and an unwavering passion for doing right by children. He will be deeply missed.”
While Silverstein notes it will be very strange not to come to Memorial School every day, he is looking forward to spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. While he plans to enjoy fishing, gardening and traveling, he foresees working part time at some point with special needs children.
“Hopefully, I have had a positive impact throughout the years. It has been my good fortune to have made close friends and most importantly, been a part of Woodland Park’s overall landscape,” he said.
Although he is a Paramus resident, Woodland Park is like home and the Memorial community has become family. “I have no regrets,” he said. “Not one.”
Prior to his 24 years at Memorial School, Silverstein worked as an assistant principal for eight years in East Orange and 12 years as a teacher in Paterson.