Geraldyn O. Foster

Early Childhood Center


Dr. Geraldyn O. Foster Early Childhood Center
550 Buckshutem Road
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: (856) 455-8030 ext.1600
Fax: (856) 453-8476

Administrative Staff

  • Principal: Mrs. Chris Barlas, ext. 1601
  • Assistant Principal: Mr. E. Deionne ThrBak, ext. 1602
  • Anti-Bullying Specialist: Mrs. Susan Waterman, ext. 1613
  • PIRT: MaryAnne Gibson, ext. 1614
  • PIRT: Jaime Marrone, ext. 1609
  • PIRT: Tom Masucci, ext. 1620
  • Nurse: Jane Ruthig Ext. 1621
  • Nurse: Lori Loatman Ext. 1611
    Our Principal's Leadership Philosophy
    As a leader the values that I hold dear include honesty and integrity, commitment, a strong work ethic, and a caring attitude toward children.

    I will be straightforward and clear about my intentions, directions, and expectations. I will model what I want from our staff and will do anything that I would ask from them. My actions will be transparent and honest to earn trust from our staff. I will be in school early and leave late. I will make decisions based on what is best for children and will interact, engage, and enjoy our students. I will work to create a caring and active learning community with all of our stakeholders.

    Delivering the curriculum starts with a positive classroom community and building a trustful relationship with children. During the early part of the school year, time needs to be spent to build that community, develop a sense of caring and concern, and establish routines and rules that are developmentally appropriate and provide children with needed boundaries.

    I believe we need to engage children at their level with fun, hands on learning. They are children not little adults.

    We strive to be proficient in early childhood development, staying focused and engaged and this will enhance learning. We are prepared for students and focus on helping children by being on the cutting edge of teaching and learning.

    I am committed to supporting all of our staff to grow and enhance their professional skills. I strive for a collaborative community where shared decision making is established. I care deeply about our children, their families, and all of you who work diligently for children.
    Anti-Bullying Specialist
    Here at the Geraldyn O. Foster Early Childhood Center we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected Kristen Marroquin to serve as our anti-bullying specialist. Please contact her if you have any concerns about bullying taking place.

    Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative:

    If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Tyrone Williams.

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