Principal's Corner

Mark Gerbino, Principal

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! As acting principal of Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for a great year in Asbury Park! We are glad that you are joining us, as we embark on an exciting year of teaching and learning at TMES. After the last year of functioning in a fully virtual, and then hybrid setting; we are excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways for five full days of in-person instruction in the building. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to implement mitigation measures as established by the New Jersey Department of Health. This will include the requirement for all students to wear masks while indoors, social distancing, and regular handwashing. All visitors to our school will also be required to wear masks. We will continue to ensure that our staff and students’ safety and well-being are prioritized daily.

As an educational team, we at Thurgood Marshall Elementary are dedicated to academic excellence and holding high expectations to ensure that each and every student will be a successful learner. At TMES, we have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities and lessons to engage our students in learning. We are committed to creating a safe and positive learning environment where staff and students promote and model responsible, respectful behavior in order to provide each student the best learning opportunity.

Along with academic excellence, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School is also committed to the social and emotional needs of our students. We offer site-based counseling and social skills training to help students form positive relationships. We encourage students to be kind and take a stand against bullying. We implement Responsive Classroom, which is an evidence-based approach to education that focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). The Responsive Classroom approach empowers us as educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant.

We hope that you will find our website helpful and informative. Please look forward to our schools newsletter that will be uploaded to this site. It will include highlights of students/teacher activities and upcoming events.

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School recognizes the importance of a supportive Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO is vital in supporting the educational needs of all students. Parent and community involvement are critical to the success of our students. We welcome your involvement in your child’s educational experience and our school activities. If you have any time to volunteer at TMES, please contact the main office. We really appreciate it.

Children are our most precious resource. As the Captain of the S.S. TMES, I dedicate myself to serve our community to support student learning. I am extremely proud to be a part of the educational development of your child. On behalf of the entire staff, we are energized and excited to work with all children! Please feel free to contact me at 732-776-2660 or at
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