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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tyler Blackmore, Incoming MAMS Principal

I did some research on Tyler Blackmore, the incoming principal for Matawan Aberdeen Middle School. Here's what I found:

Tyler Blackmore is on the board of trustees of the Center for Family, Community, and Social Justice (CFCSJ) in Princeton, NJ. Its Spring 2009 Newsletter provided this biography of Mr Blackmore: He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his career as a high school English teacher and coach. He is currently in his 8th year in high school administration. He has worked in urban high schools in South Los Angeles and is currently the Principal of Asbury Park High School. He is an advocate for family empowerment and believes that saving our urban schools is the single most important goal for our society in the 21st century. Mr. Blackmore has a master’s degree in Educational Administration from University of the Pacific and enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and studying the art and science of leadership.

His one-year contract to replace Kathleen Olsen as Principal at MAMS was approved by the Matawan Aberdeen School Board on 10 May 2010 and begins 1 July, according to The Independent and APP.

Mr Blackmore may have shopped around for a new job because the Asbury Park School District gave him the impression that his job wasn't secure, per APP. The mixup was resolved and his tenure was assured, but not before he found a job elsewhere. Mr Blackmore has not spoken as to his reasons for leaving.

While at Asbury Park High School, Mr Blackmore worked closely with a company called Madison-Marquette, which sponsored the school's arts and humanities academy, per NJ.com. Blackmore said of that relationship, "We have an open dialogue. Basically, they're saying to us, 'Tell us what you need.' It could be any number of things. It might be equipment for the graphic arts department, or some technical equipment or even artistic support for the shows we do."

Madison-Marquette helped with funding for state championship rings for the high school football team, according to APBoardwalk.  Bruce Springsteen and his wife funded the purchase of championship jackets for the team.

He spoke on the "Urban Calling" at the 2008 Future Educators Conference, according to NJ DOE.

He was married at the SeaOaks Country Club in Little Egg Harbor, NJ in August 2006, per Wedding Mapper.

Aberdeener welcomed Mr Blackmore in a recent blog article. Asbury Radio also posted a blog article.


  1. The donations, relationships, etc. were all fostered by teachers well before Blackmore's time, frustrating to see the writer give him credit - he did not do this.