Princeton Public Schools officials select two new interim assistant superintendents

The school board for the Princeton Public Schools has voted to appoint two veteran New Jersey educators with strong Mercer County ties to serve as interim assistant superintendents for the district.

Kathie Foster is slated to become the interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Her appointment must be approved by the superintendent of schools for Mercer County. Rebecca Gold has been chosen as the interim assistant superintendent for human resources.

Gold and Foster will begin their new positions with the district in January. Gold replaces Mike Volpe, who left the district this month to become the superintendent of the Moorestown Public Schools. Foster replaces longtime Princeton educator Robert Ginsberg, who is retiring at the end of December.

Kathie Foster

Foster served as the superintendent of schools in Robbinsville from 2016 to 2020. Previously, she was the assistant superintendent in Robbinsville. She has also served as the principal of the Pond Road Middle School. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, her master’s degree in education administration from Rider University, and her bachelor’s degree from Hope College.

Rebecca Gold

Gold spent more than 25 years in leadership roles at the Lawrence Township Public Schools. She served as the director of personnel and administrative services and was previously the director of educational technology there. Most recently, she served for more than two years as the interim director of human resources for the Hamilton Township Public Schools. She also serves as the assistant director of retirement and benefits for the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. She earned a master’s degree in education from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She is a co-founder of CJ Pride, the Central Jersey Program for the Recruitment of Diverse Educators, a consortium of more than 50 school districts in New Jersey working together to recruit diverse educators for New Jersey schools.

“Princeton Public Schools is able to attract outstanding educators and I am pleased that Dr. Foster and Ms. Gold will work with us while we complete our searches for permanent replacements,” said Superintendent of Schools Carol Kelley. “Both Dr. Foster and Ms. Gold have many years of valuable experience as educators in New Jersey and specific knowledge and understanding of public schools in Mercer County. I look forward to working with them.”