Metuchen Resident Named New Head Of Wardlaw-Hartridge Lower School

Melanie Baier

EDISON – Former Minnesota resident Melanie Baier joins The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison this fall as the new Head of Lower School. Baier has 11 years of Lower School teaching experience, with the last seven years as a second grade teacher at Mounds Park Academy in the Minneapolis area of Minnesota.

Baier earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from The University of Evansville in her home state of Indiana. As she has worked toward her Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction and her K-12 Principal Licensure (both completed in 2009), she also served as an administrative intern at her school. In that capacity, she worked on implementing grade-level professional learning communities and school wide critical friends groups, which enhances professional growth through peer observations and feedback.


Also at Mounds Park Academy, Baier served on the Lower School admission committee and was her school’s representative to their regional and statewide independent school associations. She also worked with the Middle School advising program to devise a bullying intervention program.

Baier said, “Wardlaw-Hartridge is a school steeped in history and tradition. I find this history quite fascinating coming from a school that was less than 30 years in existence. I can’t wait to explore the history and traditions more to see what makes Wardlaw-Hartridge the stellar learning institution it is today. I am also excited to be a part of such a diverse school community. Our world today is so interconnected through fabulous advancements in technology and Wardlaw-Hartridge mirrors the diversity of the world.”

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