School Leadership


Peter Varela
Mr. Peter Varela

Mr. Peter Varela earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. In addition, he holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Mercy College, New York and a second Master's degree in Secondary Education from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Mr. Varela has been an administrator in South Brunswick since February 2003 and has served as Principal, Assistant Principal for Academic Leadership, Grade-level Assistant Principal, and Supervisor. He expects students to reach their full potential through academic rigor and exposure to co-curricular activities that will help them reach and accomplish their many goals. Mr. Varela is passionate about teaching and learning and wants our students to be exposed to master teachers and support staff. When he is not at the high school, Mr. Varela enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two sons and coaches youth soccer and Little League baseball.

Mr. Michael Scheese 
Assistant Principal for Academic Leadership 

Mr, Michael Scheese earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Education from Bloomsburg University. In addition, he holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Scranton. Mr. Scheese has been in South Brunswick since 2004 where he was a business education teacher, dean of students, and then spent three years serving as an Assistant Principal in the elementary schools. Mr. Scheese looks forward to one again work with all of the students and their families at SBHS during the school year. When not working, Mr. Scheese enjoys time with his wife and two daughters.

Susana Niktczuk
Mrs. Susana Nikitczuk
Assistant Principal for the Class of 2022 & Student Services

Mrs. Susana Nikitczuk earned a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Maryland. In addition, she holds master's degrees in education, bilingual education and education administration and supervision from Governors State University, Illinois and from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Nikitczuk is currently the assistant principal for student services Before assuming her present position, she was the district World Languages supervisor. Prior to becoming a supervisor, she taught Spanish at North Brunswick High School. Mrs. Nikitczuk was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A resident of North Brunswick, Mrs. Nikitczuk enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband, her children, family and friends.

Mr. Emanuel Caravano
Assistant Principal for the Class of 2023

Mr. Emanuel Caravano earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Services Counseling from Montclair State University. He then went on to complete his Masters in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey. Mr. Caravano obtained his certification in Supervision and Administration through the NJ EXCEL program and has been an administrator in South Brunswick since 2012. During that time he served as an Assistant Principal at both Indian Fields and Brooks Crossing. Mr. Caravano continues to broaden his educational administrative work and experience at the secondary level. He looks forward to supporting the Class of 2023 this year and throughout their educational journey. Mr. Caravano is an avid runner and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two daughters.

Mr. Brian McManus

Assistant Principal for the Class of 2024

Before being the assistant principal for the class of 2024 at South Brunswick High School, Mr. McManus spent ten years as a high school English teacher, three years as a Pre-K through Grade 12 curriculum coordinator, and two years as a secondary school assistant principal.

For three years, Mr. McManus was a high school English teacher at Everglades High School in Miramar, Florida.  In 2008, he moved to Beijing, China, where he taught International Baccalaureate (IB) Language and Literature,  Literature, and Theory of Knowledge at the International School of Beijing (ISB).  In 2015, Mr. McManus transitioned into the Strategic Learning Coordinator role at ISB, focusing on integrating experiential learning and Chinese culture into the curriculum across all school divisions. Before starting at South Brunswick High School, he was the secondary school assistant principal for academics at the Universal American School in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 2018 to 2020.

Mr. McManus earned a Master of Arts in Writing and Literature from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and a Master of Education and Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey. 

Growing up on the beaches of central New Jersey, Mr. McManus is excited to be back in the Garden State and serve the students and teachers of South Brunswick High School.

Yoshil Lassiter
Yoshi Donato
Assistant Principal for the Class of 2021 & James Kimple Center
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Mrs. Yoshi Donato earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland-College Park. She has earned a Master's in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College, Detroit as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Additionally, she has completed 60 credit hours in a Doctoral program with Walden University. Before coming to South Brunswick in 2002, she worked as an English teacher in her hometown of Asbury Park. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Principal at SBHS, she worked as an English teacher, Dean of Students, Advisor of Unlimited Few, and a Peer Advisor. Mrs. Donato is also a proud member of the United States Army Reserves and she holds the rank of Master Sergeant. Mrs. Donato has a performed over 19 years of service to our nation and looks forward to retirement from the military this fall. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and family.

Leadership Team

Anna Alfieri
Ms. Anna Alfieri
Supervisor of Mathematics & Science
Ms. Crystal Burnett
Chairperson of Science
 Thomas Decker
Mr. Thomas Decker
Supervisor of World Language
 Kathleen Derillo
Ms. Kathleen Derillo
Supervisor of Special Education,
Grades 9-12
 Amy Finkelstein
Ms. Amy Finkelstein
Student Assistance & Wellness  Supervisor     
 Patrice Gorman
Ms. Patrice Gorman
Social Studies Department Chair

 John Harding
Mr. John Harding
Health and PE Supervisor
 Douglas Hunt
Mr. Douglas Hunt
Dean of Classes 2021 & 2022
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 Theresa Jennings
Ms. Theresa Jennings
Supervisor of English & Social Studies
 Kristin Laskin
Ms. Kristin Laskin
Supervisor of 9-12
Business, Family and Consumer Science, Art and 6-12 Technology
  Justin McCuen
Mr. Justin McCuen
James Kimple Center Chair
 Elaine McGrath
Ms. Elaine McGrath
Athletic Director
 Lauren Morris
Ms. Lauren Morris
Activities Coordinator
 Nancy Ducko-Sweeney
Ms. Nancy Ducko-Sweeney
Dean of Classes 2023 & 2024
 Robert Sears
Mr. Robert Sears
Supervisor of K-12 Music
Mrs. Emily Wright 

Supervisor of Special Education