I had the distinct pleasure last week to conduct a school safety, security, climate, culture, and emergency preparedness assessment for the Warren Township Board of Education in New Jersey. The district’s Facilities Manager, Tyler Tribelhorn, worked long days with me to assess the district’s five schools. Mr. Triblehorn was a real joy to work with.
A Certified Educational Facilities Manager, Mr. Tribelhorn grew up in Warren and has dedicated his life to serving his community working in the district. Mr. Triblehorn and the many district employees and elected board members I interacted with were professional, caring people who are clearly dedicated to the well-being of students and staff. The district has implemented several truly cutting-edge practices over the past fifteen years. Just as importantly, district personnel from principals, teachers, custodians, front office staff, the superintendent, and cabinet officials were eager to learn new and better ways to make their schools even safer.
Working in 1 to 20 degree weather with much snow on the ground in a community with a low crime rate was quite a stark contrast to assessing school security in eighty degree weather in Nairobi last week. However, the similarities between Mr. Triblehorn and his counterpart in Kenya last week were striking. Both of these men are intelligent, innovative, caring, and consummate professionals deeply committed to the safe and effective education of children and youth. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with Mr. Triblehorn and the Warren Township team and feel honored to have made their acquaintance.