Dr. Joan Mast was appointed Superintendent of the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Public Schools on August 1, 2019. Her tenure in the SPF school district began in 2001 when she was named the District Mathematics Supervisor. In 2010 she became Assistant Superintendent overseeing the District Curriculum Supervisors, the Technology Department and the Professional Development Programs.
With a lifelong commitment to education, Dr. Mast received her B.A. in Mathematics Education from Georgian Court University and went on to teach high school mathematics and computer science at Mount Saint Mary’s Academy and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. She has served as teacher and Curriculum Supervisor for both the Millburn and Mount Olive Township Public Schools.
Dr. Mast earned both her M.A. and Doctorate in Mathematics Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She subsequently earned a Principal’s Certificate and School Administrator license through the NJEXCEL Accelerated School Leader Certification Program.
Dr. Mast believes that public schools are essential in the lives of students to ensure they have access to quality education. She believes this education leads students to discover pathways to having happy lives and to becoming productive citizens of the world. At the core of successful schools there are dedicated educators, a visionary Board of Education, and an active, participating community. Dr. Mast values the commitment of all stakeholders in Scotch Plains - Fanwood and is looking forward to working collaboratively with the whole community to meet the needs of all students.
Dr. Mast enjoys reading, cycling, playing her accordion, painting, singing with the Rise Up Chorus and spending time with her family.
Dr. Robert McGarry joined the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools in August, 2020 and is proud to serve the district as its Assistant Superintendent.
Dr. McGarry is a lifelong educator with experiences that range from preschool teaching to college administration (and just about everything in-between). He most recently served the Holmdel Township Schools as Superintendent after joining the district as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in 2014, With instructional leadership as his passion, he is happy to be back in a similar role here in SPF!
Dr. McGarry holds degrees in Music Education from Bucknell University and The Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. McGarry enjoys the performing arts (as a participant and as an audience member) and is a running enthusiast. In fact, one of his proudest accomplishments was running the New York City Marathon.
Mrs. Saridaki has been employed by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District since September 2007 and the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary since July 2012. Mrs. Saridaki graduated from Union County Vocational Technical Institute with an AAS in Accounting, and then from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BS in Accounting. She is certified in New Jersey as a Certified Public Accountant, a School Business Administrator, a Qualified Purchasing Agent, and a School Safety Specialist.
Mrs. Saridaki has been in the field of Accounting for more than 40 years. She was employed as an accounting supervisor by Exxon in Florham Park for several years. In order to be home while raising her two children in Scotch Plains, she then worked for a small CPA firm handling write-up work for commercial clients and preparing tax returns for small corporations, individuals and partnerships.
When looking to return to work outside the home, discussions with another Business Administrator led her to look for a job in education. Initially, she was employed in the Business Office in Cranford for 2 years. Mrs. Saridaki subsequently joined the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District as the Supervising Accountant, then as the Assistant Business Administrator, and currently as the School Business Administrator. Mrs. Saridaki is a strong supporter of public education as the best way to provide equal opportunities for all children.
Mrs. Saridaki lives with her husband and her adopted cat, Lily, as her children have successfully left the nest. When not working, she enjoys reading, knitting, crafts, canoeing and sailing, but most of all likes being with family.
Mr. Pitucco has been with the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District since July 2017. Mr. Pitucco graduated from Fairfield University with a BS in Marketing and later went on to receive his MBA in Human Resources from Rider University. He is certified in New Jersey as a Principal and School Administrator.
Mr. Pitucco has been in the field of Human Resources for over 22 years. He started with First Union National Bank (Currently Wells Fargo Bank) as a Recruiting Specialist and then a HR Generalist. Later he became a Human Resources Manager with American International Group.
He transitioned into the field of education in 2004 when he became the Human Resources Director for the Piscataway Township School District and held that position until he became the HR Director for the Edison Township Public Schools in 2010, where he supported 18 schools for 7 years until he joined the team in Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
Mr. Pitucco lives with his wife, 2 children and pet labradoodle Sam. In his spare time he enjoys running, going to the beach, and spending time with his family.
Mrs. Lisa Rebimbas began her career in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools in 1996 as a Spanish teacher at SPFHS. In 2001, she was appointed as the World Language Supervisor where she oversaw the implementation of the elementary world language program, the development of interdisciplinary units and performance-based assessment tasks, and the implementation of proficiency-based instruction in the world language classrooms. Mrs. Rebimbas was then appointed principal of Park Middle School, in 2003. She collaborated with the middle school staff to provide programming for all students, initiatives to support students in need of academic intervention, and the overhaul of the middle school schedule to include an advisory period, math explorations, and writing workshop.
In 2016, Mrs. Rebimbas began her tenure as Director of Special Services. She is committed to serving the needs of each individual student and enjoys collaborating with district staff, parents, and community members in meeting each child’s needs.
As a three-time graduate of Seton Hall University, Mrs. Rebimbas is a proud Pirate! She earned a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Secondary Education and Spanish, a Master’s in Public Administration with a Concentration in Public Service, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, Management, and Public Policy.
Mrs. Rebimbas is a life-long learner and an avid reader. She enjoys spending time with family and watching sporting events. You will often see her on the sidelines cheering on her favorite sports teams.