February 2017: School Administrator


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Editor's Note

Free Verse, in Free Time

It’s hard to imagine a superintendent could possibly pursue a serious outside interest, given the job’s consuming nature. That’s why we occasionally showcase some of the more distinctive hobbies and avocations we’ve discovered among AASA members. Usually, we feature them in the People Watch page’s Sidelight section, where in the last few years we’ve turned up a skydiver, a dog trainer, a competitive ballroom dancer and an umpire in the Little League World Series.

To that list of sundry pursuits, we can add that of a professional poet. Nancy Lubarsky, superintendent of a small district in Mountainside, N.J., is about to publish her second book of poetry, The Only Proof (Aldrich Press), in May. This follows Tattoos (Finishing Line Press), a collection of poems published two years ago. Her poetry also has appeared in the Edison Literary Review, Poetica, Paterson Literary Review and other refereed journals.

It should not be surprising to learn that Lubarsky, a Garden State native, started as an English teacher and earned both her master’s and doctorate in English.

Rather than shoehorn Lubarsky into the 100-word Sidelight section, we’ve turned over our back-page Leadership Lite to her timely free verse lyric poem. It’s titled “A Snow Day?” Enjoy.

Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator