Dr. Susan Paynter


Dr. Susan Paynter has been High Meadow’s Head of School since June 2017.  She has led schools as large as 10,000 students and as small as 60 students during her 40 year career in education. In each setting she has focused on the importance of the unique abilities of every student.

She has published her gifted programming ideas in Gifted Child Today, directed a program for gifted students at Montclair University, and served as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Kinnelon, NJ, and Livingston, NJ, School Districts, where she improved programming for gifted and twice-exceptional learners.

Early in her career, Dr. Paynter taught fifth grade and resource room in the Newton, NJ, Public Schools, where she was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 1987.  She taught gifted students in the Stillwater Township Schools and received awards as a school leader, the CSPAN Award for innovative use of public TV, and awards for original science and history curriculum.

Dr. Paynter spent two years as Co-Director of Professional Development at the Rutgers Center for Effective School Practices, where she designed conferences and provided consulting services for a coalition of 70+ schools. She was the Founding Principal of a school dedicated to environmental sustainability where all students in grades 3-8 developed independent studies.

Dr. Paynter is a board member of TECA (Twice Exceptional Child Advocacy). She has served as a Vice President of the New Jersey Association of the Gifted.  Dr. Paynter has provided teacher and administrator training on educating and inspiring gifted students for public and private schools throughout New York and New Jersey. She also published a book on innovative schools.

Dr. Paynter received her Doctorate in Education from Seton Hall University, and has taught Curriculum and Differentiation courses for the Master’s Degree Program in Educational Administration at William Paterson University.