Meet the Haworth Board of Education 2020 Candidates


MICHAEL RODINO

"Haworth is a special place - it takes effort and community involvement to keep it that way"
 
Michael and his wife Sunny moved to Haworth in the summer of 2011. They have two boys - one in 6th grade and one in 9th at NVD.
 
Michael is currently serving his 3rd year on the board and first year as President. He has been an active volunteer since moving to town, coaching recreational sports and serving 2 years as a Cub Scout Den Leader as well as an active fundraiser. "Working full time and raising a family is hard work, but it's important to make time to be an active member of the community. Many of us moved to Haworth because it is a special place, keeping it special takes time and effort."
 
Currently a National Sales Manager for Adobe, Michael has 20+ years of business management experience and product development expertise. His background includes leading diverse teams, contract negotiations, multi-year program development, and working with multiple stakeholders to find common ground and solve complex issues.
 
Michael's interests in continuing to serve on the Board of Education are focused on improving the quality of education at HPS, advancing our STEAM programs, fostering a pro-teacher environment, and building a culture of collaboration on the Board of Ed. 
 
Michael earned his MBA from NYU Stern (2010).
 
 
ROBERT ROSE
 

Robert Rose, along with his wife Robin Sodaro and their children Leah and Owen, have resided in Haworth for over 13 years.  

Rob has been active in community service during his time in Haworth.  Rob has been involved in youth sports-coaching softball, baseball and basketball for the last 10 years, as well as playing an integral role in developing the plan that facilitated the merger of the Haworth and Closter basketball programs allowing our kids an opportunity to participate in the sport at a time when Haworth did not have enough children to participate at all age levels. Most recently, Rob initiated discussions with various stakeholders in order to improve the fields at Haworth Memorial Field in order to provide a first-class experience for the children of the community as well as become the centerpiece facility for Tri-Town sports.

In addition to his active role within the sports community, Rob has served on the Board of Directors of the Haworth Public Library where he participated in the continued growth of one of the best public libraries in Bergen County. He is also a member of the committee responsible for the annual Haworth Dad’s Texas Hold ‘em Poker tournament, which has raised over $50,000 to date on behalf of the Haworth Home and School Association in support of our school. 

Rob is always looking for ways to improve Haworth and to provide our children with the best experiences.

 

GREGORY STOTT

Gregory Stott, a fourteen year resident of Haworth, was born & raised in Bergen County. Gregory worked as a financial advisor at PaineWebber and UBS where he managed over $225 million worth of private client’s assets. In his role at PaineWebber and UBS, he was responsible for making sound but profitable investments, while demonstrating fiscal responsibility as he grew his clients’ portfolios. Following his passion for cooking, Gregory later decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts. Gregory has worked at some of New York City’s top-rated restaurants, has been featured in New Jersey publications and recently appeared on “Food Network’s” coveted tv culinary competition “Chopped.” Gregory is currently the Executive Chef at the 76 House in nearby Tappan, where he is responsible for developing menus, managing the restaurant’s inventory and budget, and most recently developed aggressive, successful catering & delivery programs to quickly boost the business’ income during Covid, the most difficult financial time of the restaurant’s 300+ year history.

Gregory, an active member of the Haworth community, is a member at Haworth Platform Tennis Club, Haworth Swim Club and was a multi-year member at White Beeches. His pride and joy are his two daughters, Madison, a 6th grader at Haworth Public School, and Taylor, an in-coming Kindergartener. His school-aged children and the challenging state of these unprecedented times, have inspired Gregory to seek a position on the Board of Education. His goal is to help guide decision making toward fiscal responsibility while continuing to support academic success for all students.