After spending the first 4 years of his teaching career at Somerville, Mr. Popadiuk arrived in Montgomery as a history and psychology teacher in 1996. During his teaching tenure, he enjoyed coaching football, basketball and softball, serving as a class advisor,and working with so many great students and families. Mr. Popadiuk moved into administration after 10 years in the classroom, serving three and a half years as a vice principal, and then accepting the challenge of principal in January of 2010. Mr. Popadiuk has always been very involved in the lives of his students, stressing the need to develop the whole child. He is extremely passionate about developing the Social and Emotional Skills of students, as well as developing the capacity of teacher learning teams, which are two of the major initiatives at Montgomery High School. Educationally, Mr. Popadiuk graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and earned a Masters Degree from Seton Hall University. On a personal level, Mr. Popadiuk is married to a 5th grade teacher, Karen, and they have two sons, Matthew and Luke.
After completing a BS in Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Mrs. Gaylord began her career path in the retail industry, working as a buyer for a major department store in the Washington, D.C. area. After the birth of her two sons, she soon realized that her passion was in the area of education and she earned her Masters in Education from Rowan University. She began her teaching career at Kingsway Regional HS and, when the family moved to this area, taught Social Studies at South Brunswick HS for 11 years,teaching U.S. History, coordinating many district workshops for teachers and parents, serving as a teacher leader of AP teachers, teacher mentors and technology, as well as mentoring numerous student teachers and new teachers. She also created and ran a very active (and History Channel award-winning) history club. Her experience at MHS began as the Supervisor of Social Studies in the 2010-11 school year and continues now as she has the privilege of serving as a Vice Principal and Supervisor of Guidance. Mrs. Gaylord has volunteered as an alumni interviewer for Georgetown for the past 10 years, which, along with putting two sons through college, has provided her experience with the college admissions process from a variety of perspectives. Mrs. Gaylord loves to spend time at the shore and with her family. She is a passionate reader and baseball fan!