Pershing School K8 is part of the Innovation Learning Community with a focus on project-based learning. The innovation has a focus on providing students with the opportunity to apply standards and skills through the application in real-world problem solving activities.. Each grade level participates in a minimum of four project-based learning scenarios throughout the school year. The projects are engaging and provide student learning of academic content and skill development. The focus of project-based learning is to prepare students for successful school and life experiences. Students learn how to apply knowledge to the real world and use it to solve problems, answer complex questions, and create high quality products.
Principal Bernadette Jaster, Ed.D., earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, her Master’s degree from Georgian Court University and Doctorate from the University of Central Florida. Bernadette has worked in education for over 30 years. She began her career in education as a teacher in Barnegat Township Schools in Barnegat, NJ. She then worked as consultant and curriculum trainer with the Success for All Foundation. She has served as a school administrator at Pineloch ES and Eagle’s Nest ES. She has been principal of Pershing School since 2015. Through her roles as a teacher, consultant and administrator, she has focused her career working in high-need, urban schools. She is dedicated to helping educators focus on the achievement gap facing students in today’s public school system and helping educators effectively meet the needs of all students by bridging the gap in student achievement.