This well-deserved honor is in recognition of her numerous roles in Livingston that enrich the lives of children, create meaningful opportunities for teaching and learning, and ensure the safety of our schools.
The awards reception was held Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Cedar Hill Country Club.
Mrs. Healy has spent most of her 30-year career in Livingston. She has been a teacher (kindergarten, first and second grades), as well as a literacy coach. After a short stint in Nutley as principal, she returned to Livingston Public Schools, where she took the helm as principal 10 years ago at Harrison Elementary School.
Harrison is a historic landmark in the township, with a beautiful, original fireplace that provided warmth for kindergartners when the school opened in 1929. While retaining its historic charm, Harrison also reflects the many changes that have taken place in the township. Its students mirror Livingston’s rich diversity; 48 percent of the students speak a language other than English at home. The school community as a whole, teachers, staff and students, are engaged citizens of the world, participating in numerous character education initiatives and outreach locally, nationally and globally.
As principal, Mrs. Healy oversees it all, describing the school quite simply as “a happy place.”
It is the children, though, Mrs. Healy credits, who fill the hallways of Harrison with indelible energy and excitement for learning.
Indeed, the educator’s greatest satisfaction comes from helping Livingston’s children grow to become joyful, productive members of the community. She especially appreciates working with parents and families, and supporting teachers.
Mrs. Healy is currently president of the Livingston Administrators Association, serves on the township’s Safety Committee, and acts as a liaison between the schools and Livingston police on ensuring the safety of our students. In addition, she has served on numerous district-wide committees, including the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) and Strategic Planning.
Outside of school, Mrs. Healy writes character education curriculum for the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, and is a supporter of the arts as well as community theatre.
Mrs. Healy and her husband Ken are longtime residents of Livingston with their sons Matthew, a college student, and Ryan, a senior at Livingston High School.