Michael D. Mazzoni, M.Ed, M.A.T.
Principal of Operations
Always a life long learner, as a child I wanted to travel the world and was fascinated by foreign cultures, but my journey to Chesterfield Elementary School was not an orchestrated plan. Items such as the game Risk, the National Geographic magazine, or nature shows such as the The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, served as outlets to the planet earth.
I was fortunate to have several very solid and motivational teachers in Hamilton Township that continued my interest in Social Studies. My enjoyment and fascination with the study of history and the science of our planet only continued at Rider College where I was again fortunate to be surrounded by an entire department of accomplished scholars and leaders. It was at this point in my career I began to consider education and teaching as a possible profession.
Upon graduation from Rider College, I sidetracked from an educational path and began a 15 year stint as a business owner, the last of which was in Crosswicks. Upon leaving the private business sector, I decided to pursue my goal of becoming a teacher and entered TCNJ as a graduate student. After receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, I began teaching Social Studies in secondary schools in Trenton, NJ. After several years of teaching, I decided to again enroll at TCNJ in the graduate leadership program. Shortly after beginning this program, I accepted the 5th grade teaching position at Chesterfield and remained at that grade level for five years, along with completing my second masters program in Educational Leadership.
Through all of this, I have been able to assist my wife in raising a family of four children, visiting four continents, including over 25 countries, and working with the CTAA in sharing my enjoyment of soccer and baseball with the youth of the Chesterfield community.
It was with true delight when Superintendent Ellen McHenry recommended me for the assistant principal position in the fall of 2008.In April 2016, I was recommended by Superintendent Scott Heino to become school principal. At that time, the Board of Education approved his recommendation.Over the past year and a half, the COVID 19 Pandemic has brought numerous challenges and hardships to students and families. However, for the countless areas of concern there always seem to spring 'rays of hope.' First and foremost is taking care of our health and placing it in front of everything we do. We are much more consicious and knowledable of healthcare and how to stay healthy, safe, and keeping others safe. Educationally we are now doing things that would have seemed unimaginable just a few short years ago. Technology is more embedded in schools and society than ever before. Many new and wonderful ideas are now a reality.
Although at times I miss being in the classroom and the lifelong bonds it can create with students, it is a privilege to work with the staff of Chesterfield school, its parents & my neighbors, and to have a more diverse role with all of our students.