Dr. James Bevere joined Hillside as Director of Curriculum and Instruction in May of 2020 bringing with him copious and diversified experiences as a school administrator and teacher. During Dr. Bevere's administrative career he collaboratively raised high school graduation rates and increased student performance in multiple content areas. He developed a policy to make AP courses accessible to all students and designed both high school and middle school schedules to work more effectively in meeting the needs of 21st Century learners. While in Hillside, Dr. Bevere has collectively spearheaded the implementation of virtual classrooms grounded in research-based, cutting-edge technology that is maximizing student engagement and learning and which will benefit Hillside students for years to come. Dr. Bevere is a believer in whole child education and defended his dissertation at Monmouth University on the importance of Social and Emotional learning at all grade levels. This work led him to introduce social-emotional programs for both students and staff at Hillside. Dr. Bevere looks forward to a continued partnership with the Hillside Board of Education, administrative team, and teaching staff.