January 1, 2022
Dear Atlantic City Public Schools Staff, Students, Families and Community:
Happy New Year! It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve as your Superintendent of Schools. I look forward to working with our school community, speaking with board of education members, meeting many students, dedicated staff and parents. I take pride in our school district’s rich culture and diversity. My commitment to the district is to provide a safe, positive learning environment that will empower students to become creative problem solvers and critical thinkers as I fully embrace this opportunity to lead.
As the superintendent, assuring that our students receive a meaningful education is my top priority. My initial focus is to assess, make necessary adjustments and build upon what Atlantic City School District offers approximately 6,500 students and close to 1,000 district employees. I expect all students and staff to exhibit Atlantic City PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Daily Efforts). Doing so will enable everyone to have a successful experience with the Atlantic City School District.
As we continue to strive for excellence in our school district, it is our expectation that everyone who visits our school buildings or offices feel welcomed, safe and supported. To that end, our schools must maintain and grow a rigorous teaching and learning environment that provides every student with a sense of belonging while helping students to develop intellectually, emotionally and socially.
• Meet with board of education members, directors, central office staff, school administrators, parents, students and school stakeholder groups to foster and build collaborative relationships
• Assess district resources, curriculum and programs for continuous improvement through the identification of strengths and opportunities for growth • Work to establish a culture centered around professionalism and high expectations
• Provide an environment that is centered on the individual needs of every student
• Develop a strategic action plan and refinement for the school district
Our district’s motto is “We All Learn Together.” We will continue to build on our district’s strong foundation and many accomplishments for student growth.
As we encounter a time where there is an increase in COVID-19 cases in Atlantic County, we will continue to monitor and assess the district to ensure that students and staff are in the safest learning environment. We will no doubt face new challenges and uncertainties that will require all of us to be flexible. At this time, we are planning to resume full in-person learning after winter recess on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
AC PRIDE! AC STRONG!
Yours in Education,
Dr. La’Quetta S. Small
Dr. La’Quetta S. Small was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. After graduating from Central High School in Newark as class valedictorian, she enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, now Stockton University. In 1999, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a minor in Social Science. She received her Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Kean University in 2003 and in 2010, she obtained her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Rowan University.
Dr. Small is entering her 22nd year as an educator. She began her teaching career in the Newark Public School system and began working in Atlantic City Public School District 19 years ago where she held several positions. She started as a fourth grade teacher at New Jersey Avenue School. Later, she held the positions of assistant principal at Uptown School Complex, acting principal of Uptown School Complex, principal of Pennsylvania Avenue School and principal of Atlantic City High School.
Working with children and serving the community brings her a great sense of fulfillment. She is dedicated to her profession and works diligently to ensure that staff and students Strive for Excellence Every Day in Every Way. She prides herself on leading by example and believes that, “Education is not preparation for life, but education is life itself.” ~John Dewey
Dr. Small is married to the Honorable Marty Small, Sr., Atlantic City Mayor. They are the proud parents of two children who attend school in the Atlantic City School District.
Dr. La'Quetta S. Small, Superintendent
Phone 609-343-7200 ext 5003
Sherry Yahn, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction
Phone 609-343-7200 ext 5003