Meet Our Alumni Leaders and Honorees
David and Monica Browne

"Seton Hall’s Executive Ed.D program is amazing, and I am happy to be part of it."

Monica Browne, Ed.D. '02
Superintendent
Upper Saddle River School District

Meet David and Monica

Every morning, David, Ed.D.’02 and Monica Browne, Ed.D.’02 leave their New Jersey home and head to their superintendent jobs in Morris and Bergen counties. The couple, who first met at Seton Hall, say they often talk about how the school prepared them to be servant and education leaders in their respective communities.

Monica continues to be a familiar face around the halls of the University, teaching graduate level courses as an adjunct professor at the College of Education and Human Services. She describes her time at the University as a wonderful experience and is excited to be working alongside faculty and students. “Seton Hall’s Executive Ed.D program is amazing, and I am happy to be part of it,” she says.

Monica serves as vice-president of the New Jersey Superintendent’s Study Council (NJSSC), located on Seton Hall’s campus. "Being involved with the NJSSC is a wonderful way to work with colleagues and link research with current practice," she says.

David has developed a strong relationship with the NJSSC as well and sees the council as a place for teachers to continue their growth as educators. He credits Seton Hall with giving him a life-long education and the support to carry out the University’s global mission of developing servant leaders. He oversees the creation and implementation of several major programs in his district, including the “Bring Your Own Device Initiative,” which allows students to bring their personal electronics to school to supplement the learning process.

David also helps teachers re-conceptualize their role in the classroom by introducing instructional coaching. The foundation of the program is rigor, relevance, and relationships, he says. In it, trained professionals work with teachers from grades K-12 to transition to new programs and curricula, including the creative use of technology in lesson planning and teaching strategies.  

Both the Brownes are happy in their careers, and they believe the University has helped them forge strong relationships with their peers, which have been critical to their success.

At Seton Hall, David and Monica Browne found the tools and the support they needed to become dedicated, caring professionals.

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