Principal's Message

Dear Lake Hiawatha Families -

It is with great excitement that I introduce myself to you as the new Principal of LHS! I am truly honored to be afforded the opportunity to serve the Parsippany-Troy Hills community, and I look forward to partnering with you to ensure your child’s social, emotional, and academic success.

Over the past 15 years, I have served as a teacher, instructional coach, and administrator in central New Jersey. Throughout my journey, a singular, guiding principle has always remained constant: the unwavering belief that all children can achieve. This is my true north.

Collectively, we have succeeded when children believe in themselves: their worth, their value, their potential, and their genius. Our goal will be to spend time each day getting to know your child’s interests, their passions, their vulnerabilities, their lives outside of school. We pledge to listen to them; to honor them; and to love them like our own. We will let all students know we care and believe not only in their current ability, but also their future capability. Truly, the transformative effect of cultivating this belief has the potential to change lives.

As we embark on the 2018-2019 school year, please know the following: 1) Students are at the forefront of every decision I make. Their safety, security, happiness, and success are paramount. And 2) My door is always open, and I welcome your voice. Feel free to call or email anytime to celebrate triumphs or discuss any concerns you may have throughout the school year.

Every child is someone else’s entire world. I look forward to learning about your child - through your eyes - to work in concert toward setting the stage for their success. I firmly believe that it takes a village, and that family is a child’s first teacher. Together, our community can help them change the world!

Once again, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join this wonderful district. And along with the talented and devoted teachers and staff at Lake Hiawatha Elementary School, I welcome you to the opening of what promises to be an awesome school year!


Steve Figurelli
Principal, Lake Hiawatha Elementary School

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