Principal Bio

Greetings Avenel Middle School Community,

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Principal of Avenel Middle School. We have a tradition of excellence at Avenel Middle School. Together we will work diligently to help Avenel Middle School reach new heights. I look forward to an outstanding 2021-2022 school year.  Our Climate and Culture Committee developed this year's school-wide theme: Be Your Own Superhero. I have included a brief overview of my accomplishments.

Bio: Joseph A. Short

Principal, Avenel Middle School

(732) 596-4210


Mr. Short earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History and Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey. He taught American History and Government at Avenel Middle School. During his time teaching he served as the Subject Area Leader for Social Studies and Intramural Athletics Coordinator. In May of 2004 he completed his Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Kean University.

In November of 2004 Mr. Short was promoted to Vice Principal at Colonia High School. During his time at Colonia High School the school made significant strides in student achievement and the utilization of technology. In 2013 the school received it's first Silver Medal Award from U.S. News & World Report, as a national school of distinction.

On June 13, 2013 Mr. Short was appointed as the Principal of Avenel Middle School. Under Mr. Short's leadership Avenel Middle School has implemented the highly successful Google Classroom and Apple Technology formats. This has provided students with access to cutting edge technology on a daily basis. Collaborative relationships have been established with community resources including the BASF You Be The Chemist Challenge and the IBM Watson Engineering Program. We continue to coordinate community events including: Family Literacy Night, Family STEM Night, and the Strengthening Families Program. The entire AMS school community continues to lead in the areas of Academics, Athletics, and the Arts.

Ms. Short has completed credits toward completion of his doctoral degree in the field of educational leadership. He enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and three children.

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