It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the principal of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School (DDE). My name is Marilyn Cosme Bright and I have been an educator for 17 years. I have been with the Berlin Township school district for over ten years, first as principal of the John K. Kennedy Elementary and currently as the principal of the middle school. Working at the elementary and now the middle school in the same district has given me the unique opportunity of getting to know my students’ families well and establishing long-standing partnerships in their children’s education. Watching the students grow and mature give me pride in knowing that I have had a role in their development.
Prior to Berlin Township Schools I taught students with special needs and remedial reading. I earned both my master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Rowan University. My New Jersey educator certifications include Principal, Supervisor, Certificate of Eligibility for School Leader (Superintendent of Schools), Teacher of the Handicapped, Reading Teacher, and Elementary Teacher.
Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 School Year!
Welcome to Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School and the 2019 - 2020 school year. I have proudly served as principal of your child’s school for over six years. Last year, I introduced to the school community the theme of Empathy as the focal point of DDE’s advisory lessons, thematic novel studies, assembly programs, service projects and all that we do with our students. This year we are re-energizing this same school-wide theme and I want to invite you to join us in this effort and embrace the idea and action of empathy. But, before you can partner with us for the benefit of your child’s overall development, you have to understand - I mean truly understand - What IS Empathy? Simply defined: Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. The dictionary definition of empathy is quite simple; however, putting empathy into practice - or the act of showing empathy - remains a challenge for many. This is evident in our society today where everyone feels entitled to an opinion about everything without regard for the other person’s feelings and often without full knowledge of all circumstances and situations. This is why DDE is working to build a sense of community among students, staff and parents. Before we speak it, Tweet it, post it or share it, please consider the other person’s feelings and mental well-being and what is to be gained by your actions. PAUSE - Take just a few seconds to ponder how YOU would feel in that same situation.
The DDE staff is here for your children! We are the cheerleaders of your children! There truly is NOTHING more we want than for your children to have an awesome middle school experience while growing into a well-balanced, responsible, empathetic and kind adult in this world!
We can’t wait to see all that our students accomplish while they are in middle school!
Please continue to use OnCourse Connect to stay current on your child's academic progress and to monitor your child's attendance and discipline record. Also, please make sure to stay connected to your child's teachers through email. We look forward to working with you this year to provide the best educational experience for your child.