Efthimia (Effie) Christie, Ed.D.


Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Doctorate in Education – Ed.D. Elementary & Secondary Administration/Supervision;
Dissertation: Attitudes and Perceptions of Board of Education Members Toward Female Superintendents

Master of Arts in Education – Elementary & Secondary Administration/Supervision

University of Pennsylvania – School of Education, Philadelphia, PA

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education – Social Studies, Spanish, English

Research Interests:

The Capacity for Leadership: Can It Be Developed?

Early Childhood Education Issues Principal Leadership for Educational Change

The Achievement Gap

Urban Students and Preparation for College Online education and Issues

Gender Equity Issues in the Workplace and in the Classroom

Teacher Effectiveness and Curriculum Implementation

Immigration/Impact on Children and Women

The Urban Student and the Dropout Dilemma

Second Language Acquisition and the ELL Student

Gender and the Superintendency

Notable Achievement

Quality Matters Rubric Certification

Blackboard Certified Trainer-2015-2017

  • Developed and established the Newark Public Schools’ Gateway Academy—an alternative school for adjudicated youth—in collaboration with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Parole Department and NJ State Juvenile Justice System as well as the NJ County Superintendent’s Office and the Newark Police Department. (1997)
  • Testified as a second language acquisition expert in the NJ State Supreme Court case of Abbott v. Burke and as an advocate for NJ Bilingual/ESL students at the request of Dr. Marilyn Morhauser, Executive Director of the Education Law Center. (1986)
  • Developed the first K-12 Haitian Bilingual Program in NJ and worked as an expert with state officials to develop Haitian/Creole as the official language of Haitian Students. Was a member of the NJ State Advisory Board on Bilingual Education. (1980)
  • Appointed to the Executive Board of PAL-Pet Adoption League of Hackettstown, NJ, a no kill/not for profit organization (2013) whose goal is to save, rehabilitate and find suitable homes for abandoned felines and dogs.
  • NCATE Accreditation:  Spearheaded and Achieved NCATE accreditation for the Department of Educational Leadership, Kean University/Union, NJ. (2012)
  • Choirmaster of Greek Orthodox Choirs in New Jersey: Church of the Annunciation/Philadelpia, PA; St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Newark, NJ (now in Union, NJ), St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, Randolph, NJ (18 years) and Youth Advisor for GOYA Sights and Sounds (5 years). (Established new standards for hymnals and competitions for churches and youth including Gospel singing.)
  • CAEP Member Reviewer (2015, 2016)
  • PROJECT GRAD:  Spearheaded program-Graduation Really Achieves Dreams– as Assistant Superintendent of SLT III in Newark for 8 of the 16 schools in collaboration with the Ford Foundation, Business establishments and Community. Appeared in several documentaries to promote program on TV and in other states. Became a national program in 2000.
  • Newark District Liaison to the first two Charter Schools in New Jersey and assisted in their establishment including financing. Appeared in documentary on TV to explain initiative. (1996)
  • Established the first high school program in Newark District for Deaf Students and developed Signing to become a second language in the district with approval from NJDOE. (1997)


AXIOS: Hellenic Heritage Society of Philadelphia-March 16, 2019-Women of Greek Heritage -recognition for outstanding contributions to the profession of education/leadership

  • Bruce Street School for the Deaf: For Dedicated and Continuing Commiotment to Deaf Children of Neward Public Schools: May 26, 1999-Plaque
  • P.T.O. of Fredon Twp, NJ: Presentation of Dedicated service to the children of Fredon, Twp.: October, 1996-Plaque and  Diamond Heart necklace
  • City Council of East Orange, NJ. Resolution of Service to the fiel6d of Education,  October 5, 2000-Resolution
  • Fredon Twp. Board of Education  Resolution of Gratitude and Recognition of years of Service to the Children of Fredon Twp., October 26, 1996
  • Sussex County Superintednet’s Council Award for Grantsmanship, Spring 2005-Certificate
  • Kappa Delta Pi Award for continuous service, 2008-Certificate
  • Project GRAD Recognition of Service to the Children of Newark, NJ  Fall 2000-Library Book Ends/Resolution
  • Newark Do Something: Awarded for dedicated service to the youth of Newark, June 1998, Presented by George Stephanopoulos
  • Student Appreciation Award for Excellence in Teaching-May 2016

Most Recent Presentations

Conference presentation accepted: Women and the Superintendency: Pathways to Leadership to be presented at the 2019 Women’s Leadership Conference-March 14-15 Sponsored by AASA/NJASA

  • Kean University Technology Conference, May 20, 2013:  Presenter at the Round Table on strategies and techniques of online and hybrid course development and delivery using Blackboard, Skype, MegaMeeting and a variety of online resources.
  • The Political Implications of Policy Reform on the Leadership of the New Jersey Public

Schools: An Analysis and Determination of the Reasons for the Unprecedented Turnover of Superintendents in NJ over the Past Two Years and its Effect upon the Schools and Student Achievement. Paper presented at the NCPEA Conference August, 2013 (Peer Review) and NJASA, May 2014

  • American Hellenic Institute Conference, November 17, 2017: The Future of Hellenism in America Conference: Presentation/ Greek Education in America-A Research Study, Sponsored by AHIF, Washington, D.C.
  • Children of Immigration: A Holistic Developmental Approach/An Imperative for Social Justice. Paper presented at the International NCPEA Conference, August 2015 (Peer Reviw)

Children of Immigration: A Holistic Developmental Approach/ An Imperative for Social Justice.  Published article presented at the AERA SIG conference, Women and Education, October, 2017-Salt Lake City, Utah

Children of Immigration: A Holistic Developmental Approach/An Imperative for Social Justice. Published article presented as a  2  hour workshop at NASW-NJ Conference, May 1, 2018

Children of Immigration: A Holistic Developmental Approach/An Imperative for Social Justice Invitation to present at the Council on Social Work Educators  (CSWE) Conference, November  2018, Florida.

An Action Research Study of a Minority Student Population in an Affluent New Jersey District (Peer Review) NCPEA Conference-August 2, 2016, Detroit, Michigan

  • Moderator for Political Debates in Warren County:  2010 to Present.
  • Perspectives on Leadership: Race, Gender and the Superintendency-A National Study

Research paper presented at the NCPEA Conference, San Diego, CA-July 29-August 1, 2008 (with J.Jackson and G. Babo), Peer Review

  • Keynote Speaker: Day of Greek Letters: The Three Hierarchs.  Morris County Library; January 19, 2013-Connecting Community and Culture.
  • How to Bring our Educational Administration Programs out of the 20th Century: A Moral Imperative, Reflections on the Levine and Murphy Recommendations presented at the NCPEA Conference, Chicago, Il- August 2007, Peer Review.
  • Kean Research Day-April 7, 2010:Presented book: Bastas, S.N., & Christie, E.N. (2010). Teens and technology.. (A book on cyber-bullying/sexting)
  • NCPEA International Conference (2015). Children of Immigration: A Holistic Developental Approach/An Imperative for Social Justice. Christie, E. & Himchak,M.

Paper Presententation , Peer Review.

  • NJASCD Annual State Conference: : January 29, 2009, Teachers Using Reflection to Transform Classroom Practice and Themselves as Practitioners
  • NJTESOL/NJBE, May 19-20, 2009: Bilingual/ESL Program Administration: The Principal’s Role and Function-A Survey of NJ Coordinators’ Perceptions: Dr. Effie N. Christie and Dr. Jerry L. Jackson: Presentation of Research.: Dr. Christie lead author.
  • Kean Research Day-March 25, 2009: Presentation of Research,

“Perspective of Leadership: Race, gender and the superintendency-A National Study: Drs. Christie, Jackson, Babo-Dr. Christie lead author.

  • Research paper presented at the NCPEA Conference, Chicago, IL. August 1, 2007

Gender Discrimination in Educational Leadership Programs- Why Female Graduate Students Don’t Aspiire to the Superintendency: The Kores Paradox

  • Research paper presented at the NASSP Conference, February 23, 2007 (National Association of Secondary School Principals, Las Vegas, Nevada

What’s wrong with female superintendents?  The Kores Paradox

  • Research paper presented at NCPEA Conference, August 3, 2006 (National Council of Professors of Educational Administration), Lexington KY, What’s wrong with female Superintendents? The Kores Paradox.
  • Practical Applications of ESL Theory: The DIN in the Head and other Theories, Title V Research paper presented to the combined faculties of Hudson County Community College, Passaic County Community College, New Jersey City University, March 17, 2006.
  • Workshop presentation: The Achievement Gap; Paterson Public Schools, 2005
  • ESL Theory into Practice, Title V – Research paper presented to combined faculties of Hudson County Community College, Passaic County Community College , New Jersey City University, June 2004.
  • Bilingual/ESL Conferences:  Sponsored by NJDOE Bilingual Department. Presentations at all conferences 1979-1984


  • Book Chapter pending: Collaboratively Building Cultural Competence Strategies to Combat Antisemitism on College Campuses-Himchak, M.V. and Christie, E.N. Virginia Stead (Ed.). Combatting ant-Semitism on College Campuses/Anticipated date of publication March 2019 (Section V-Chapter 36)
  • Christie, E. ( 2010). Greek Orthodox Schools. In Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent. J. Carper, T.C. Hunt, J. Lasley & C.D. Raisch (Eds.). Sage Publications.
  • Christie, E. (2010). Immigration and Educational Reform. In Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent.J. Carper, T.C.Hunt, T.J. Lasley & C.D. Raisch (Eds.). Sage Publications.
  • Christie, E. & Himchak, M. A Holistic Developmental Approach/An Imperative for Social Justice In D. Russell & J. Bollinger (Eds). (2015). The Fiery Melting Pot: Immigrant Women & Girls in Pursuit of Social Justice [Special Issue]. Educational Leadership Review,6(3). Re-published in Winter 2017.


  • Christie, E. (2012). Greek Orthodox Schools. In The Praeger Handbook of faith-based schools in the United States, 2, pp. 433-434.T.C. Hunt & J.C. Carper (Eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.


  • Bastas, S. & Christie, E. (2009). Teens and Technology. What makes them Tick and How to keep them safe. PublishAmerica.


  • Christie, E., Jackson, J.L., Babo, J. (2008, August). Perspectives on Leadership: Race, Gender and the Superintendency-A National Study.  Papa, R., Achilles, C.M., Alford, B.(Eds). Leadership on the frontlines: Changes in Preparation and Practice-The 2008Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.Lancaster, PA: DEStech Publications, Inc.(Dr. Christie was the lead author for this publication.)


  • Christie, E.N. (2007, November). Notes from the Field:  Reflections, Teachers using reflection to transform classroomPractice and themselves as practitioners.  Journal of Reflective Practice,8(4). UK:  Taylor & Francis, Routledge 183-196.


  • Christie, E.N.  (Fall, 2007).The Red Pen.  So to Teach; Inspiring Stories that Touch the Heart, Arnoff, K. (Ed.).  Kappa Delta Pi Publications.  (Short Story)
  • Christie, E.N. (2007). How to bring our educational leadership programs out of the 20th Century:  A Moral  Imperative, Reflections on the Levine and Murphy Recommendations. The Tipping Point: Navigating the Course for the Preparation of Educational Administration: The 2007 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. . Lemasters, L.K. & Papa, R  (Eds.). Lancaster, Pa: DEStech Publications. 
  • Christie, E.N., et al. (2007, August).The Transition from Practitioner to Professor:  The Struggle of New Faculty to find Their Place in the World of Academia. (Coleman, Ed.),  In  NCPEA Education Leadership Review, NCPEA.
  • Christie, E.N. (2007, Spring). Why No Child Left Behind ( NCLB) is missing the point,College of Education News, XI (4), Kean University, Union, NJ.
  • Leaving College—Cause and Effect, Article, Retention Techniques, Career Education Corporation Newsletter, October 2001
  • What Is it Like to Be a Superintendent?, NJASA Perspective, III, 2, Trenton, NJ
  • Be My Guest, Bilingual Education, Editorial, Newark Star-Ledger, 1983; TESOL NEWSLETTER, 1984.

Successful Grants & Funding Applications

  • U.S. 21st Century Schools Program, Newark Public Schools, 1997. $5.2 million awarded. A collaborative community-school project that focused on after-school programs in the schools.
  • NJ/SSI-Thrust II National Science Foundation Grant, Kittatiny Consortium Regional District, 1994 – 1997. $280,000 was awarded for improving the teaching and learning of science and mathematics for the five school districts in the Kittatiny Consortium Regional District. The program was supported by faculty from the mathematics and science departments of Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of   Technology and also involved Drexel University in Philadelphia.
  • NJ/SSI-Thrust I National Science Foundation Grant, Fredon Township Public School District, 1992 – 1995. $200,000 was awarded for preparing students for the science/math/technology environment of the future and to introduce viable computer programs to students for the first time. The program,  which included the Robotics Project through Drexel University of Philadelphia, placed the   Township School students far beyond all of their peers in other county schools.
  • Governor’s Grant for Excellence in Science/Mathematics, Fredon Township Public School District, 1991- 1993. $150,000 was awarded for this program which was supported by RJR Nabisco and the New Jersey State Department of Education along with Rutgers University. A science lab was built with the grant monies.
  • RST2 (Revitalizing Science Teaching through Remote Sensing Technology), Fredon Township Public School District, 1994. The award provided experts (meteorologists) from Washington, D.C. and equipment to establish a weather station at the school in collaboration with Ramapo College.
  • City Schools of Excellence, Orange, NJ, 1989. $50,000 was awarded to support innovative school programs.