Dr. Frank Santora, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services
Dr. Frank Santora was appointed the Director of Special Services within Madison Public Schools in November of 2017. In addition to his role in overseeing the development and implementation of comprehensive programs of support for students, Dr. Santora is also responsible for the leadership and training of departmental staff as well assisting the district in shaping its vision and mission. As Dr. Santora’s role and responsibilities expanded, he was elevated to the role of Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services in February of 2019. This role allows Dr. Santora the opportunity to support increased members of the Madison Public Schools community and further construct opportunities for positive outcomes for students.
Prior to arriving in Madison, Dr. Santora served as the Director of Special Services and Building Principal in the Saddle Brook School District. During his time in Saddle Brook, Dr. Santora focused his efforts on developing new and innovative programs for students with special education needs across the district. These programs included but were not limited to, a full-day general education preschool program, a Special Class Autism Program, and a Special Class Behavioral Disabilities program. Additionally, Dr. Santora facilitated numerous professional development workshops for staff regarding best practices.
At the onset of his career, Dr. Santora served as a School Psychologist and member of the Child Study Team in the Westfield Public School District. This role allowed Dr. Santora the opportunity to provide direct intervention to students in the form of cognitive and social-emotional assessment, school-based counseling, and social skills training. Dr. Santora also provided direct and indirect consultation services to colleagues, school leaders, and parents.
In 2014, Dr. Santora earned his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Dr. Santora’s research focused on examining the impact district-run training programs have on the daily practice and procedures of parents and staff affiliated with in-district Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs.
Dr. Santora resides in Chatham Township with his wife, Jaclyn, and their young daughter. In their spare time, the Santora family enjoys traveling, exploring numerous outdoor destinations as well as frequent visits to New York City and Long Beach Island, New Jersey.