Cranford Public School District Names Kristen D'Anna as Principal of Brookside Place School

Ms. D’Anna, who currently serves as the principal of Bloomingdale Avenue School, will be succeeding Mr. Michael Klimko, who is retiring effective July 1, 2024, after serving as BPS principal for the past 16 years, following 17 years of service as a teacher and an assistant principal in a prior district. We are very appreciative of Mr. Klimko’s passion and commitment in service to our school community and wish him much deserved happiness as he starts this new and exciting chapter in his life.
Kristen D’Anna has served in her current role as principal of Bloomingdale since August of 2022. Prior to this appointment, Ms. D’Anna began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Freehold Township School District in 2004 where she taught first, second, and third grades. Ms. D’Anna transitioned into administration as the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, PK-8, in East Hanover Township Schools. During this time, she supported the enhancement of teaching and learning practices throughout the district, while also serving as the program coordinator for all federal grants and Title I programs before becoming the principal of the K-2 school. 
Ms. D’Anna earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from Georgian Court University. Kristen D’Anna has greatly enjoyed her time as the principal of Bloomingdale Avenue School and is so appreciative of the relationships she has made with the faculty, students, and parents/guardians. She will miss the Bloomingdale Avenue School Community, but will assist in providing a smooth transition in leadership and continued success for students and staff. 
Ms. D’Anna is honored to be joining the Brookside Place School Community. She looks forward to partnering with the dedicated staff, parents/guardians, students, and the community to see how she can best serve the school and ensure a successful year for all.