Principal - Jim Devlin
Jim Devlin came to Caldwell-West Caldwell in 2015 with a rich background in teaching and administration. An assistant principal and social studies supervisor at Morris Knolls High School in Denville, NJ, since 2005, Mr. Devlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History Education and graduated from the University of Delaware, Magna Cum Laude, in 1992. He attended Rutgers University where he earned a Master of Education – Supervision and Administration degree in 1999. Mr. Devlin taught at Marlboro High School from 1992 to 2000, and then served as the Social Studies Supervisor at Chatham High School for five years before accepting an administrative position at Morris Knolls. Mr. Devlin looks forward to future challenges and continuing great success in the realm of academics, athletics and the arts that has been established as the expectation for James Caldwell High School. Mr. Devlin is married to his wife, Casey, and has two sons ages 15 and 12. With any free time outside of chauffeuring his sons around town, Mr. Devlin loves to exercise, read, travel and cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his favorite activity is anything that includes spending time with his family and their golden doodle, Daisy.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Lisa Lucia-Hayden
Vice Principal - Jessica Valentine
Although Miss Valentine is entering her sixth year as a member of the James Caldwell High School administrative team, this is her ninth year in the Caldwell-West Caldwell District and fifteenth year in the educational field. Before joining JCHS, she taught Special Education at Washington School. Miss Valentine is a long time member of Caldwell-West Caldwell community and an alum of James Caldwell High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from The College of Saint Elizabeth. When she's not in school, Miss Valentine enjoys spending time with family and friends and her fabulous dog, Lucy. Miss Valentine is looking forward to a great year working with the JCHS staff, students and community.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Clare Pennington
Vice Principal - John Bertollo
Mr. Bertollo is very excited for his third year in the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District and looking forward to continue working with the dedicated members of the James Caldwell High School community. Mr. Bertollo loves getting involved in all aspects of the JCHS community, including researching the history of James Caldwell High School, attending sporting events and music performances, and participating in the spring musicals. Before joining JCHS, he was the Assistant Principal at Oak Knoll School in Summit. Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught at the elementary level in Hawthorne. He received his Bachelor's Degree from William Paterson University and Master's Degree from Seton Hall University. When he’s not in school, Mr. Bertollo enjoys spending time with his wife, Chrissy, his son, Jackson, and his dog, Gia. Mr. Bertollo is looking forward to a successful school year.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Clare Pennington
Supervisor of Guidance - Lisa Blackman
Ms. Blackman is honored to be the Supervisor of Guidance at JCHS. Prior to bineg appointed to this position in 2015, she served for eight years as a Guidance Counselor at Cedar Grove High School, Cedar Grove, NJ, where, in addition to working with students, she created and managed the scheduling process, introduced and instituted Naviance to the school district, and supported testing. Ms. Blackman also served as a Guidance Counselor at Memorial Middle School in Cedar Grove, Heights Elementary School in Oakland, and E.W. Thurston Middle School in Westwood, MA. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association, New Jersey Counselor Association, National Association for College Admission Counseling and the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Betty Hansson (September-June)
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Lori Wilson
Athletic Director/Supervisor of Secondary Education - Dan Romano
Mr. Dan Romano is excited
about coming back home to JCHS. A 1975 Caldwell graduate, Mr. Romano has lived
in West Caldwell his entire life. Married for 36 years to Cindy (Michaels)
Romano (c/o 1977), he also sent 4 children through the Caldwell-West Caldwell
school system. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in
Electrical Engineering, Mr. Romano started his educational career in 1993
becoming a teacher of electricity in the Essex County Vocational school system. In 1984 he was given the
opportunity to coach football here at JCHS under the legendary coach Andy
Durburow. Mr. Romano coached football for 33 years at JCHS. In 1986, baseball was added to his coaching resume as he
coached at either Caldwell or Bloomfield Tech up until 2015. He served as
the Director of Athletics at Bloomfield Tech for 13 years and most recently as
their Assistant Principal. Coming back to JCHS is truly a dream come true. Mr. Romano
is passionate about athletics, but even more passionate about helping our
students become people of good character, which is realized so wonderfully by
the positive experiences that are gained through athletics.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Debbie Bravata
Supervisor of Music - Scott Chamberlain
Mr. Chamberlain started teaching elementary instrumental music in 1985 . In 1992, he accepted a position in the Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools as a brass specialist and high school concert band director. While in Caldwell, Mr. Chamberlain has taught brass lessons in all the schools, conducted the James Caldwell High School Concert Bands, Brass Choir, and Pep-Band, and Grover Cleveland Middle School Sixth Grade Band. In 2000, he was appointed District Supervisor of Music and holds that position presently. Mr. Chamberlain recently was bestowed the honor of getting listed in the 2002 7th Edition, Volume I of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In addition to his teaching positions, Mr. Chamberlain has stayed active as a freelance trombonist in the Metropolitan area. Throughout the years, he has shared the stage with jazz artists such as Jimmy Knepper, Urbie Green, Jon Faddis, Harold Lieberman, Robin Ubanks, John Swana, Rob McConnell, and Dave Brubeck. He and his wife, singer and songwriter Nancy Chamberlain, formed a duo called ‘Hip’ Bone Connection’ in 1997 where they have performed eclectic popular music enhanced with MIDI accompaniment in a variety of venues. You can hear Mr. Chamberlain on several tracks of Nancy Chamberlain’s latest CD, ‘Late Bloomer’. Mr. Chamberlain received his Bachelor of Music Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Music Education at West Chester University in May 1985. Mr. Chamberlain also received his Master of Arts Degree in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University in 1996.