Stevens Cooperative School, an independent leader in progressive education since 1949, is congratulating Sergio Alati, Ed.D. on the completion of his first decade as Head of School.
Since Alati arrived at the school in 2012, Stevens has grown to become one of the largest independent PreK-8 schools in New Jersey, with the capacity for 470 students from Pre K 3 – 8th Grade across four state-of-the-art facilities in Hoboken and Jersey City.
In his first decade, Alati also oversaw expansions of the school’s Newport (Jersey City) campus and its Early Childhood Program, the addition of Latin and Mandarin to the World Languages program and flag football, volleyball and track to the Athletics program. Finally, he guided the school safely through both Hurricane Sandy and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Sergio has shown us what we as an institution are capable of and he has guided us on the path toward realizing our goals,” said Ingrid Rasmussen, the chair of the Board of Trustees. “He has achieved all of this thanks to his dedication to our school, his infectious sense of humor, his love of teaching and his unwavering belief in our students. We are lucky to have him.”
Prior to joining Stevens, Alati worked as the Director of Studies at the Kent Place School in Summit, N.J. He serves on the board of trustees of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and as the president of the Board of Education in Rutherford, N.J. He holds a Doctoral degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in elementary education from Hunter College.
“Ten years have flown by but I could not be prouder of the growth and success of Stevens Cooperative School over that time,” said Alati. “However, we are not going to rest on our laurels. I’m excited about new opportunities to innovate, improve and ensure that every student has the tools and resources they need to succeed on their Stevens journey.”