Principal's Page


Dear Willow Grove Families,

I am thrilled to join Willow Grove Elementary as your new Principal! As the former Assistant Principal of Hackettstown High School for the past three years, I am truly dedicated to the Hackettstown community, and I am excited to work with your children as they continue to learn, grow, and strive for excellence.  While this year has proven to be challenging for us all, I am confident that in partnership with you, we will continue to provide your children with the rich, academic experiences they require while ensuring they feel safe, happy, and healthy.  

As I begin my 20th year in Education, I carry with me the many wonderful experiences I have developed in both the classroom as a Special Education teacher and out of the classroom as a School Administrator here in Hackettstown.  As a mother of two amazing children, a 5th grader and a 7th grader,  please know that I share your ideals, values, and expectations with what a great elementary school should look like and what Willow Grove certainly already is! 

Throughout the school year, you can expect to receive continuous and transparent communications from me to keep you updated on our daily school procedures, important announcements, and also to give you some insight on all of the wonderful things your children are doing throughout the school day!  During these summer months, I am available to connect with you to discuss any concerns, answer any questions you may have, or just say hello! I can be reached at (908) 852-2805, or at  I look forward to meeting each of you and working collaboratively with you as we prepare for a great upcoming school year, even if the landscape might look a little different than what we have been used to.  

I look forward to working with you, and I look forward to a great school year at Willow Grove!

Be sure to click on the video icon at the bottom of this page to view a short introductory video!

Yours in Partnership,

Lauren A. Thomas


Willow Grove Elementary School