One of Red Bank Regional (RBR) High School's top former teachers has been called to the principal's office — at a neighboring school.
starting his education career as a part-time Latin teacher at
both RBR and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional (RFH) high schools 15 years ago, it's RFH that has called teacher Stephen
Sarles to it's principal's office to serve as its next vice principal.
After his appointment winning approval at the Oct. 1 RFH Board of
Education meeting, Sarles will settle into his new role in RFH academia in
late November or early December.
his part-time Latin teaching stint at RBR and RFH in 1998, Sarles went on to work full-time as a teacher
There he ended up being voted
Teacher of the Year in 2005 and became the high school's first
coordinator of baccalaureate studies. In addition to teaching all levels
of Latin at RBR, Sarles taught AP Art History, Classical Mythology, and
Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology.
In addition to his teaching
career, Sarles has three years of administrative experience, having
served as supervisor of World Cultures in the Ocean Township School
District. In this position, he oversaw the World Language Department
for grades one through 12 and the Social Studies Department for grades six through 12, the release said.
former RFH vice principal, Chris Lanzalotto, taking on his new role as the high school's director of athletics and student activities, Sarles saw the
opening as a perfect opportunity to return to a school he remembered as a
great place to work.
"I am truly excited to be returning to
RFH," said Sarles. "So many people speak highly of RFH to me, which
indicates that even though many of the names and faces have changed it
is still providing the same positive experience that I enjoyed 15 years
Sarles' Educational Background ...
graduating from Somerville High School in Somerset County, Sarles, a
Monmouth County resident for the past 15 years who now lives in West
Long Branch, attended the University of Missouri and completed a double
major in Classical Archaeology and Latin.
He earned his master of
arts degree in Classical Archaeology from Florida State University.
While at FSU, he worked on two archaeological excavations — at Cetamura
in Italy and at the Agora in Athens, Greece — and also began his
teaching career as an instructor in Classical Mythology and Roman