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Our Principal

Suzanne Barbi is the principal at Parkway School. She began her love of learning by earning a Bachelor of Arts in history from Providence College. After a short career in finance, Mrs. Barbi received her master’s in the science of education from Fordham University. She then taught K–4 grade students at P.S. 49 in the South Bronx. As Mrs. Barbi’s leadership responsibilities expanded, she left NYC to pursue her second master’s in education at Harvard University, where she received her degree as well as her principal certification.

After returning to New Jersey, Mrs. Barbi served as an assistant principal, principal, and curriculum coordinator in other northern New Jersey school districts. In 2009, Mrs. Barbi became the principal at Parkway School and found her permanent home as the leader of an amazing community of learners. Mrs. Barbi is committed to creating kind, responsible, thoughtful citizens at Parkway School and thoroughly enjoys her role.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

It’s important to make sure that children have the best chance for success in life, beyond their academics. One way to ensure this is to encourage them to actively socialize. Do your kids know how to make friends and maintain friendships? Do they know how to share? Do they know how to be empathetic? Do they know how to identify and express feelings?  

The children of Parkway School often come to the teachers with social situations (mostly problems) and we always try to get the children to understand everyone’s point of view before we make any decisions about how to handle the situation. Most often, the sticky social situation is a result of miscommunications and misinterpretations of actions or words. Or, the sticky situation is a result of action before thought. Therefore, we realize the value of sitting with the children to get to the root cause of the conflict and try to prevent it from happening again.

Parents are not always privy to the other side of the story and are often trying to manage a sticky situation with only half the information. In these instances, it is wise to listen to your children and present a variety of ways for them to handle it. When we give children options, they usually pick one and try it out. It is through these conversations that children can see alternative solutions to the conflicts that arise when children socialize. 

Our children need to navigate these situations with supported independence during the elementary years. With parent and educator’s support, the children will learn social independence. Please do not hesitate to let Parkway educators know about some sticky scenarios. We can solve a lot of problems here at school without the children knowing the adults communicated. 

Have a wonderful month,

Suzanne Barbi

Suzanne Barbi, Principal