Dr. Robert Ginsberg, a respected educator who has been part of Princeton Public Schools since 1988, has announced his plans to retire on January 1. Dr. Ginsberg currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. A celebration of Dr. Ginsberg's career is planned for December.
"Dr. Ginsberg has touched the lives of thousands of students in his many years of exemplary service to Princeton Public Schools," said Dr. Carol Kelley, Superintendent of Schools. "Not many educators have a career that spans 58 years. He has been a staunch advocate for students, a role model for educators, and a perennially engaged member of our educational community."
Dr. Ginsberg served as the principal of Johnson Park Elementary School for 21 years before returning to the PPS administrative offices to serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in mid-2020.
In a letter to the Board of Education Dr. Ginsberg said: "There’s a proverb that says, 'If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.' "
"To the extent that I’ve gone anywhere, far or otherwise, I’ve been fortunate to have scores of competent, caring partners who’ve gone together with me," he wrote.
"From my start as a teacher and assistant principal in a junior high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn in 1964, to my years as the supervisor of programs for the gifted and talented in East Brunswick starting in 1977, to my years in Princeton, beginning in 1988 when I re-opened Littlebrook School—and during my four stints as acting assistant superintendent, twice in East Brunswick and twice in Princeton (all at the request of boards of education rather than because I applied for the positions)—I’ve received unwavering support from colleagues and co-workers, parents, the community, school-board members, and, most importantly, students," Dr. Ginsberg said in the letter.
"It’s folks in all those groups, and especially in the latter—the kids—who’ve made being a public-school educator such a joyous, joyful, and rewarding career," he added.
Dr. Ginsberg received his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Administration, and Organizational Behavior from Cornell University. He was hired by Princeton Public Schools in 1988 to be principal of Littlebrook School. Earlier in his career, he was a reading, mathematics, and social-studies teacher at a junior high school in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Dr. Ginsberg also taught third grade in a Brooklyn elementary school and, on Sunday mornings, a kindergarten class at a private school.
After leaving Brooklyn, Dr. Ginsberg was named Supervisor of Programs for the Gifted and Talented in East Brunswick where he also supervised the basic-skills program.
Dr. Ginsberg was principal of Littlebrook from 1988 through 1998, and subsequently named PPS assistant superintendent. After realizing he missed daily contact with students and teachers, Dr. Ginsberg requested a transfer back to elementary school principal. His first year as principal at Johnson Park was 1999. Since 1998, Dr. Ginsberg has been the school district’s representative on the Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees and has also served as president and vice president of that group; he was recently re-elected to serve as vice president.
Dr. Ginsberg and his wife, Ellen, live in Freehold and have a daughter, Leah, who lives in Manhattan.
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