Ricardo L. Acosta, Ed.S. is currently in his first year as Principal of School #3. He received his B.S. in Secondary Education from Seton Hall University. He also received his Master’s Degree in Education as part of the EPICS Program at Seton Hall University. Mr. Acosta earned a certificate in Information Technologies from Seton Hall University. Mr. Acosta later received his Ed.S. Degree in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University. Mr. Acosta is currently enrolled at Seton Hall University's Doctoral Program and is pursuing his Ed.D. in K-12 School Administration.
Mr. Acosta began his teaching career at Our Lady of Czestochowa School (OLC School) in Jersey City, NJ teaching 5th grade ELA and 5th- 8th grade Social Studies. He taught there for five years before coming to School Number Ten in Belleville to teach 5th grade. He taught there for three years before becoming the Assistant Principal at Belleville Middle School. He was Assistant Principal for two years before becoming Principal at Belleville Elementary School Number Four where he served for two years. Mr. Acosta also served as the Acting Superintendent of Schools in Belleville from September 1, 2014, until February 15, 2015. As of July 1, 2015, Mr. Acosta then took on the position of Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation for the Belleville School District for two years and is now starting his tenure as Principal of School #3.
Mr. Acosta is in charge, among other things, of the district website and the emergency call system for the district.
Mr. Acosta holds a NJ Standard Certificate in Elementary Education (K-5), Elementary Education with Subject Matter Specialization: Language Arts/Literacy Specialization in Grades 5-8, Education with Subject Matter Specialization: Social Studies in Grades 5-8, Supervisor, and Principal. He also holds a NJ Certificate of Eligibility for School Administrator.
Mr. Acosta has resided in Belleville for the past 8 years. He is married to his amazing wife and has five children, two of which currently attend Belleville Public Schools, two who graduated from Belleville High School and are in college, and one who will be attending Belleville Public Schools soon. Mr. Acosta has also volunteered as a softball and basketball coach for the Belleville Recreation Department.
He is very excited and is looking forward to continuing to move the Belleville School District in the right direction in his new role as Principal.