Robert Ginsberg, the acting assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Princeton Public Schools, will retire at the end of the year.
Ginsberg has been an educator for almost six decades. He was a beloved principal at the Johnson Park Elementary School for more than two decades before accepting the position of acting assistant superintendent for the district last year.
He earned his doctorate from Cornell University and taught school in Brooklyn before moving to New Jersey to work as a gifted and talented supervisor in the East Brunswick Public Schools. In 1988, he came to Princeton to work as a principal at Littlebrook Elementary School. He served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction after working at Little Brook, and then became the principal of Johnson Park Elementary School in 1999.
The Princeton Public Schools Board of Education approved Ginsberg’s retirement at the board’s public Zoom meeting on Tuesday night, Sept. 28.
“Dr. Ginsberg has touched the lives of thousands of students in his many years of exemplary service to Princeton Public Schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Carol Kelley. “Not many educators have a career that spans 58 years. He has been a staunch advocate for students, a role model for educators, and a perennially engaged member of our educational community.”
Ginsberg said he’s been fortunate over his career to have scores of competent, caring colleagues who support him.
“From my start as a teacher and assistant principal in a junior high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn in 1964, to my years as the supervisor of programs for the gifted and talented in East Brunswick starting in 1977, to my years in Princeton, beginning in 1988 when I re-opened Littlebrook School, and during my four stints as acting assistant superintendent, twice in East Brunswick and twice in Princeton, I’ve received unwavering support from colleagues and co-workers, parents, the community, school board members, and, most importantly, students,” Ginsberg said in a letter to the school board. “It’s folks in all those groups, and especially in the latter—the kids—who’ve made being a public-school educator such a joyous, joyful, and rewarding career.”