Dr. Hazelton

As the newly appointed Superintendent of Englewood Public Schools, Dr. Marnie Hazelton is looking forward to partnering with the Englewood School Community to ensure that ALL students have access to a high-quality education that will enable them to become productive global citizens. With a strong background in curriculum and instruction and using data to improve instructional practices, Dr. Hazelton values a collaborative approach between parents, teachers, and administrators in educating “the whole child” (ASCD). Dr. Hazelton believes cultivating and strengthening relationships with all Englewood stakeholders will undoubtedly lead to improved student outcomes - “The soil is just as important as the seed.”
Dr. Marnie Hazelton started in education in 2000 as part of the first cohort of the New York City Teaching Fellows. She spent five years as a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Dr. Hazelton spent seven years as a classroom teacher at Roosevelt UFSD and spearheaded classroom global initiatives like the O Ambassadors and the Save Darfur initiative. As a teacher, she was awarded the New York State Lottery Educator of the Week honor in 2008.
Due to her groundbreaking classroom work in project-based learning and social justice issues, Dr. Hazelton was recruited by her district on Long Island, NY to become Director of Grants. Dr. Hazelton used her time in this position to fund various programs that had a direct impact on student achievement. During her tenure in the grant department, she was named an Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) Honoree by ASCD.
Dr. Hazelton’s other administrative positions include Coordinator of Elementary Education, acting school principal, and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education.
Starting in 2015, as superintendent in Long Island, New York, Dr. Hazelton expanded the fine arts program to include district-wide musicals, successfully passed four school budgets, implemented project-based learning in elementary schools, restored and expanded the orchestra program, and partnered with the Philanthropic Initiative to secure over $175,000 from an anonymous donor.
Dr. Hazelton served for two years as Superintendent of Linden Public Schools (NJ). Taking the helm of a district in the middle of a global pandemic was a heady undertaking. However, true to form, Dr. Hazelton hit the ground running by
prioritizing the social and emotional well-being of students and teachers. During her two-year tenure, Dr. Hazelton successfully moved the needle in several areas:
• Increased growth scores in Mathematics and Language Arts for students in grades K – 12 using Edmentum adaptive diagnostic assessment.
• District recognized as an AASA Learning 2025 Demonstration System to Watch for progress toward Learning Centered, Equity – Focused, Future Driven Education.
• Added five Advanced Placement classes to high school course offerings.
• Launched district app to expand communication protocols to be more inclusive of home languages.
• Realigned the use of student data and teacher evaluations to drive professional development.
• Successfully implemented hybrid learning model during COVID-19 pandemic.
• Expanded all Apple one-to-one device initiatives to include Pre-K students.
• There are 12 Apple Distinguished Schools in New Jersey – seven of which are in Linden.
• Partnered with T-Mobile to provide internet hot spots to close the digital divide.
• Partnered with local colleges to offer dual enrollment college courses for high school students.
• Expanded computer science curriculum and course offerings to include Advance Placement classes and IB courses.
• Established National Board Certification Linden Cohort, secured partnership for Computer Science Hub with Kean University and Fairleigh Dickerson University, and district was awarded the NJ Middle Grades Career Awareness and Exploration Grant.
• Selected for AASA’s Learning 2025 Network cohort of demonstration districts aspiring to become more student-centered, equity-focused, and future-driven.
• Co-chair for Union County, New Jersey Women in Leadership group.
Dr. Hazelton’s strong commitment to equity in education, integrity, and fearless leadership has been recognized throughout her career. She is the recipient of numerous acknowledgments including the 2019 NAACP Education Award, the 2019 Phi Delta Kappa Leadership Award, the 2017 Trailblazer in Educational
Excellence, the 2017 Alumni Association of SUNY Old Westbury Excellence in Education, and the 2016 Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated Women of Distinction Award Honoree.
Dr. Hazelton was born in Baltimore and spent her wonder years in Los Angeles County. She graduated from Hofstra University with a doctorate in educational leadership and received her master’s degree from Brooklyn College.
Dr. Hazelton is an avid traveler, and she enjoys exploring the world with her teenage son and family.