Dr. Regina M. Peter serves as the Co-Executive Director of Newmark Schools. Dr. Peter is responsible for developing and implementing day-to-day management of both the elementary and high school. She supervises a staff of 65 educators, develops curriculum, monitors academic and social/emotional achievement of each student and oversees all fiscal management of the schools.
Dr. Peter brings a wealth of experience to Newmark. She has served as teacher, principal, and associate director in state-approved schools for children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders for over 20 years. Prior to Co-Founding Newmark with Ms. Cynthia Allman in 2001, Dr. Peter worked in a variety of administrative, staff development and supervisory roles, garnering a well-regarded respect among her professional peers. Dr. Peter has led in the development of model special education programs for New Jersey school districts working to create and implement successful behavior modification programs in public schools. Dr. Peter has also written articles and blogs about effective behavior modification programs.
Dr. Peter received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of New Jersey, her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from New Jersey City University and her doctorate in Educational Administration from Seton Hall University. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society of Education and inducted in 2010 into the College of New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 1987-88 Women’s Basketball Team where she served as Team Captain. She holds New Jersey Department Of Education certificates in Teacher of the Handicapped, Teacher of Driver Education, Supervisor, Principal and Chief School Administrator. She holds New York Department of Education Certificates in School Administrator/Supervisor and School District Administrator.
Cynthia Allman, Founder/Executive Director
With over 15 years in the field of special education, Cynthia Allman serves as the Co-Executive Director of Newmark Schools. A dynamic and innovative speaker, Ms. Allman has a clear understanding of how mental health issues manifest themselves in the classroom and effectively conveys coping strategies for parents and professional educators.
At Newmark, Ms. Allman works to ensure that students succeed both academically and socially in an atmosphere that holds them accountable for their own achievement, regardless of their mental health disabilities. She has been instrumental in creating and maintaining partnerships with over 50 local school districts in New Jersey to best serve their special needs students. Additionally, Ms. Allman spearheads the Newmark Teacher Training Institute which provides critical teacher training and professional development for public school teachers in the areas of children’s mental health issues and effective behavioral modification in the classroom.
Prior to Co-Founding Newmark Schools with Dr. Regina Peter in 2001, Ms. Allman worked in the field of special education and life-skills coaching, specifically as a school social worker at state-approved private special needs schools in New Jersey. Her passion for innovative programs stems from her time as a well-regarded motivational speaker, leading Wellness and Peak Performance seminars at Fortune 500 companies and leading educational organizations in New Jersey. She is a former Adjunct Sports Psychology Professor at Seton Hall University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Seton Hall University and was the recipient of a four-year athletic scholarship.
Gina Borea, Principal/Supervisor, Newmark K-8 School
Ms. Borea is Principal and Supervisor at Newmark K-8 School. In addition to the commitment of improving student performance, she focuses on curriculum development and instructional improvement. She has extensive experience in education as a vice principal, supervisor, counselor and classroom teacher.
Ms. Borea received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Caldwell University, where she was the recipient of a four year athletic scholarship (1984-1988). In addition, Ms. Borea has two Masters degrees in Special Education and Educational Administration.
While at Caldwell University she was the captain of the Women’s Basketball team during her Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. During her Senior year her basketball number was retired. In 2010, Ms. Borea was inducted into Caldwell University’s Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 2013, she was the recipient of the ARC of Morris County Professional of the Year Award.
Dr. Fran Clemente, Principal/Supervisor, Newmark High School
Dr. Clemente has been the Principal at Newmark High School since opening in July 2003. She is a highly dedicated and result-driven educator with extensive experience in adolescent and special education. She determines the scope of educational offerings and prepares course and student schedules. In addition she creates instructional methods and content for academic, vocational and student activity programs. Prior to working at Newmark, Dr. Clemente was a school administrator at both the elementary and secondary levels. She received a BA from Arizona State University, a MS in secondary education from Syracuse University, MBA from lona College and a doctorate in Education Administration from Seton Hall University. Her doctoral research focused on the development of the skills teens and young adults need to overcome the odds and be resilient.
Dr. Clemente played collegiate basketball at the Division I level as a member of a National Championship team. In addition she has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching at Manhattan College since 2005. Her research in the field of resiliency and her study of yoga informs her work with students, staff and families.