2006-02-15 / Schools

Grey ends service at Manalapan

BY DAVE BENJAMIN Staff Writer

BY DAVE BENJAMIN
Staff Writer

Terri Grey
Terri Grey MANALAPAN — After more than 16 years of service to the Freehold Regional High School District, Terri Grey has retired.

Grey came to the district in September 1989 as an assistant principal at Manalapan High School. In January 1998 she was named principal, and she held that position until her retirement earlier this month.

Anthony Procopio, the retired principal of Freehold Township High School and a former assistant principal at Marlboro High School, has been named Manalapan’s acting principal while a permanent replacement is sought.

“Manalapan High School has been a very big part of my life for the past 16 years,” Grey said. “Sometimes I say it has been my life. There is nothing that I look back upon and regret for one single moment. I can look back and always smile. I will miss the daily hustle and bustle that comes with this job, but not the daily stress.”

Grey said she is hoping to use her time in retirement to travel throughout the Caribbean and possibly to other countries. She hopes to spend more time with her son, her brothers and sisters and their families.

FRHSD Superintendent of Schools James Wasser said, “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a fine educator. She is the epitome of a true educational professional. Her commitment to the students and staff at Manalapan has been exemplary. She will be greatly missed by the entire Manalapan community.”

Grey’s colleague and friend Zina Duerbig, who is the principal at Howell High School, said, “She has been a wonderful friend and mentor. She is quick-witted, enthusiastic and lively. Ms. Grey will truly be missed.”

Grey said she enjoyed watching Manalapan students succeed in athletics and in the classroom.

“When I see everyday people doing the best they can and achieving certain heights, that fulfills me. I look at it with great pride that my kids won the Siemens Award for advanced placement scholarships and the fact that they did it three years in a row.”

One memorable moment in her career came when the head of the Siemens Foundation came to Manalapan and said he wanted to meet the person in charge of the students who won not one, but two Siemens awards in the same year.

Grey praised her supervisory staff, the school’s dedicated teachers and her secretary, Louise Dellasala, whom she called an administrative partner.

In speaking about Manalapan’s students, she said, “Each year over 95 percent of our graduates go on to college. A lot of them have profound, notable jobs. Many of them return to tell us how well they were prepared.”

Grey said she believes she was a strong, consistent and fair educational leader who cared deeply about students, their academic growth and development, and their ability to develop the skills and values that would bring them success, joy and peace in their adult lives.

Grey is a 1966 graduate of St. Francis College, Loretto, Pa. She earned a master’s degree in student personnel services from Trenton State College, Ewing. Her career positions have included teacher and guidance counselor. She also worked for the New Jersey Department of Education as the urban education specialist for Chapter I and migrant programs.

At Manalapan, she was an assistant principal to Robert Breuche and later to Wayne McChesney. She succeeded McChesney as the school’s top administrator when McChesney moved to Colts Neck High School.

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