Announcing the Principal and Director of Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School
Lori Vilary, J.D.
Founder, Cori Solomon, and the Board are thrilled to announce that Lori Vilary, J.D., has been hired as the Principal and Director. Ms. Vilary brings eleven years of hands-on knowledge in education and school leadership to this critical role. With experience as Assistant Principal in the Cape May County Special Services School District, a coordinator and teacher for students with disabilities in Logan Township and Woodstown, NJ, and general counsel for a corporate marketing firm, Ms. Vilary is excited to utilize her unique skill set to further the mission of Creativity CoLaboratory and encourage students to become their best selves. “I’ve been searching for an educational leadership position closer to my home in Salem County that would embrace my creativity and ability to think outside the box to individualize learning for students. I’m passionate about education and I’m driven to deliver high-quality work in a school that embraces individuality and creativity while building students’ self-confidence,” said Lori Vilary, Creativity CoLaboratory Principal.
Experience and Accomplishments
Mrs. Lori Vilary, a 19-year resident of Salem County, NJ, brings extensive administrative and educational experience to Creativity CoLaboratory Charter School.
After a fulfilling career as an attorney and corporate general counsel, Mrs. Vilary embarked on a journey to bring superior educational services to children in NJ schools. She began her educational career in 2008 as an elementary and middle school teacher of students with disabilities with the Salem County Special Services School District. During her tenure, Mrs. Vilary successfully coordinated two extended school year programs where she managed a budget, planned hands-on experiences for all Salem Campus students, and implemented a schoolwide positive behavior support program to motivate Salem Campus students and develop parent relationships.
In 2014, Mrs. Vilary accepted a teaching position with Logan Township School District where she taught multiply disabled children in grades 2-5 and children with language and learning disabilities in grades 3-6. While employed at Logan Township Elementary School, she established and supervised the S.M.I.L.E. Literacy Program to support struggling readers and increase their desire to work on literacy skills by utilizing the services of therapy dogs.
In 2017, Mrs. Vilary accepted a position as Assistant Principal with the Cape May County Special Services School District (Ocean Academy, Cape May County High School, and COMPACT Alternative High School). During her tenure as Assistant Principal, Mrs. Vilary revised and aligned elementary and high school curricula to the current NJ Student Learning Standards, implemented the ST Math program in elementary classrooms to increase student engagement and achievement in mathematics, and implemented the use of Orton-Gillingham Phonics First and Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention in elementary classrooms to close achievement gaps in English language literacy. In addition, Mrs. Vilary successfully established and led the implementation of the first districtwide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program with a focus on restorative practices resulting in the reduction of student behavior referrals by 42% during the program’s first year.
Mrs. Vilary grew up in Sayreville, NJ and attended Sayreville War Memorial High School where she embraced the performing arts. She honed her talent as a first soprano and was honored to become a member of the NJ All State Choir. In 2000, Mrs. Vilary moved to Salem County where she still resides with her husband and 14-year-old daughter. To gain awareness of music, customs, cultures, people and places around the world, Mrs. Vilary enjoys traveling with her family. Some travel highlights include France (Paris), Belgium (Bruges), Austria (Vienna and Salzburg), Belize, Honduras, and Mexico.
Education and Studies
Mrs. Vilary earned a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology / Criminology) from Rutgers University in 1991, a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law in 1994, and a NJ Expedited Certification for Educational Leadership from the Foundation for Educational Administration in 2015.
- NJ School Principal
- NJ School Supervisor
- Elementary School Teacher N-8
- Teacher of Students with Disabilities
- NJ Attorney License