***PHOTO RELEASE*** Menendez Meets with NJ Principal of the Year, Matthew Jamison

***PHOTO RELEASE*** Menendez Meets with NJ Principal of the Year, Matthew Jamison

Senator Congratulates Ocean City High School Principal on excellence in educating, discuss state of NJ Public Schools


WASHINGTON, D.C .– U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) met today with Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison to congratulate him on being named New Jersey’s Principal of the Year  by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Senator Menendez and Principal Jamison discussed how Jamison raised the education standards within the Ocean City School District, as well federal funding and legislation to help public schools across New Jersey.

 “What Principal Jamison has done in implementing professional learning communities, revising standards and establishing common sense assessments is inspiring,” said Sen. Menendez. “I was elected to the Union City Board of Education when I was 20 and learned quickly what qualities made an excellent principal, and Principal Jamison embodies the commitment to education that every public school student deserves. I believe we must honor and thank individuals like Mr. Jamison because they are an essential part of what makes New Jersey one of the best states to send a child to public school, and we want to keep it that way.”

2018 Principal of the Year

Menendez stands with NJ’s Principal of the Year, Matthew Jamison

of Ocean City High School

The many innovations Principal Jamison brought to Ocean City High School include implementing professional learning communities to foster collaborative learning and organization among teachers, revising standards of education among the faculty, and establishing common sense assessments. Jamison has also pioneered the expansion of dual and AP credit opportunities for students and increasing career mentoring. His leadership has shaped Ocean City High School into a model school for creating School Growth Objectives.

Sen. Menendez has been a staunch supporter of public education throughout his entire life. At age 20, he became the youngest ever person to be elected to the Union City Board of Education, his first public office. Since then, Sen. Menendez has advocated federal budget increases for public school education and improved standards in public schools. He has also vigorously opposed President Trump’s Department of Education nominees that have not demonstrated a dedication to public schools, most notably Secretary Betsy DeVos.