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Q & A With Brian Zychowski, Ed.D., Chair of the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools

By May 25, 2021December 18th, 2021No Comments

Brian Zychowski, Ed.D., has served as superintendent of the North Brunswick Township Schools in North Brunswick, N.J.for the past 15 years and 23 years total as a NJ Superintendent. He is the chair of the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools and has served as a Middle States Commissioner since 2015.

Q. Why did you decide to become an educator?

A. I started out as a business major in college, and I also coached high school sports. Midway through, I changed my major to education because through my love of coaching I discovered a love for teaching. I really believe that those who can coach should know how to teach and those who can teach should know how to coach.

Q. Do you still teach today?

A. I do. I teach a graduate level course at Seton Hall University, where I earned my advanced degrees.  

Q. Why are you such a proponent of Middle States accreditation?

A. I have a fundamental belief in Middle States accreditation. Accreditation offers purposeful feedback through an intentional process that validates what you’re doing well and supports and encourages self-improvement. One of the key ways for a school to keep growing and improving is through accreditation.

Q. What is one of the most important lessons educators can take away from this past year?

A. The importance of being agile and being able to adapt. We were all freshmen in this new world of learning, and those that already had processes in place that enabled them to be agile and adapt performed better than others.

Q. What’s on your summer reading list?

A. I’ve really enjoyed the Killing History series by Bill O’Reilly and am looking forward to reading his latest titled Killing the Mob. It’s about the history of organized crime in America. I am also looking forward to reading Ron Chernow’s book on Hamilton .

Q. What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

A.  I have six children , two girls ( oldest and youngest) and four boys between them. In age order – Stefanie, Brian , Steven , Kevin, Matthew, and Michelle