Mr. Sanacore was born in Bergenfield, New Jersey. While growing up in Bergenfield he took part in multiple recreational programs including football, baseball, and hockey. As a student at Bergenfield High School, Mr. Sanacore was a four year, three-season student-athlete participating in football, winter and spring track. He earned Varsity letters in all three seasons over the last three years of his high school career and was Captain of the football team his Senior year. In 2002, he was honored as an NBIL All-League Defensive Lineman. He also took part in school clubs including the History Club, the Teacher Apprentice Program, DECA and as President of the Ski and Snowboard Club. Upon graduating from Bergenfield High School in 2003, Mr. Sanacore earned multiple scholarships including the Bergenfield High School Football and Cheerleading Parent Association Scholarship and the National Football League Players Association Student-Athlete Scholarship.
From September, 2003 until May, 2007, Mr. Sanacore attended Rowan University and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health and Exercise Science with a Specialization in Teacher Certification. In September of 2007 he began his career as an educator with the Irvington Public Schools. For over six years he served as a Health and Physical Education teacher at Union Avenue Middle School. During that time he also spent three years as the Irvington High School Summer Health and Physical Education Teacher and multiple years coaching freshman football and middle school track. He also ran a before-school basketball program and was a lead curriculum writer in the district’s 2009 revision of their Health and Physical Education curriculum.
In the Spring of 2012, Mr. Sanacore earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton. From January of 2014 through August of 2015, Mr. Sanacore accepted an in-district promotion as the Director of Athletics and Physical Education for the Irvington Public Schools (K-12). During this time he revamped both the Athletics and Physical Education Department including improving student-athlete achievement through increased study halls and accountability. Increased community engagement was a priority for Mr. Sanacore and he took action, creating programs such as the Military Veteran Appreciation Program which became successful enough to be unanimously approved as a Super Essex Conference-wide occurrence starting in January of 2016. The Health and Physical Education Department received multiple awards during his time overseeing the department including earning a “Let’s Move! Active Schools” National Recognition Award and a Physical Education State Teacher of the Year Nominee. Both the Athletics and Physical Education Departments saw increased efficiency and communication through expanded digitization under Mr. Sanacore’s leadership. During his final months in Irvington, Mr. Sanacore earned the district a grant from US Lacrosse who will be providing free training for all Health and Physical Education staff and Lacrosse equipment for all eleven district buildings in the 2015-2016 academic year.
For more than five years, Mr. Sanacore has been a resident of Belleville. He is both proud to call Belleville his home and honored to have the opportunity to serve the community in which he resides.
Mr. Sullivan was born in Toms River, New Jersey where he graduated from Tom’s River East High School. While in high school, Mr. Sullivan participated in a variety of extracurricular activities. These activities included, but were not limited to: football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, reading, and volunteer work.
In 2010, Mr. Sullivan graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. While in school, Mr. Sullivan also obtained his Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification. In 2011, after realizing that he wanted to make more of an impact on his students, Mr. Sullivan returned back to school and obtained a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction. Once completing that, Mr. Sullivan continued on and also completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership.
Prior to obtaining his BA, Mr. Sullivan worked for two years in the private sector at a school for profoundly disabled students. In 2010, Mr. Sullivan joined the Belleville family and began teaching at Belleville High School. In addition to teaching, Mr. Sullivan also became the assistant coach for the boys basketball team. In 2012, in addition to being the assistant coach for the boys tennis team, Mr. Sullivan also became the assistant coach for the girls tennis team. By 2013, Mr. Sullivan has taken on the role as the head coach for boys tennis. To fulfill his first leadership role, Mr. Sullivan became the supervisor of a summer school program for the Essex County Regional Educational Services Commission during the summer months of 2015. That following September, Mr. Sullivan became the supervisor for the Belleville Universal Campus School and now joins Belleville in September as Belleville’s newest assistant principal.