Vee Popat to Become New West Essex Arts Supervisor
Friday, September 20, 2013 • 3:52am
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - West Essex Director of Curriculum Ryan Gupta welcomed Vee Popat to the school during the new staff orientation Aug. 28. Popat will assume his new post as the Supervisor of Fine, Performing and Practical Arts at West Essex Regional Schools on Oct. 27.
Popat, the Supervisor of Music, Visual and Performing Arts for Randolph Public Schools in Morris County, was approved by the Board of Education to replace Nicholas Santoro who served as the interim supervisor for the 2012-13 school year.
The new arts supervisor worked for 19 years in Randolph, first as a music teacher and then 11 years as the band director and one and a half years as the arts supervisor. He said he plans to take everything he has learned over his career and apply it at West Essex.
From left: West Essex Director of Curriculum Ryan Gupta and Vee Popat, the
incoming Supervisor of Fine, Performing and Practical Arts
Credit: Allison Freeman
Popat said he was very excited to begin his new position at West Essex. “I know how valued the arts are here,” he said, adding how impressed he is with the talented teachers at West Essex. “I am looking forward to collaborating with them to help the departments grow."
“My first goal is to get to know the staff, what makes them tick as people and as educators as well as their dreams,” he said. Popat added that he plans to sit down with each of them saying, “once I learn more about them and do observations, I can discuss how I can help them and get a bigger picture of what is going on.”
Popat, a 1995 graduate of Randolph High School, lives in Randolph with his wife Heather Jones Popat, a 1995 graduate of West Essex High School, and a former resident of North Caldwell, and his five-year-old twins. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in jazz education from the University of Miami and a master’s of science in educational administration from the University of Scranton.
Popat noted that he also has aspirations to get more involved in the local jazz scene. He plays the saxophone at weddings and special events.