Montgomery High School Administration

  • Mrs. Heather Pino-Beattie, Principal

    Heather Pino

    Heather Pino-Beattie received her Master’s Degree in School Counseling and SAC (Substance Awareness Coordinator) Certification from The College of New Jersey and her Certification in School Administration from The University of Scranton.  Prior to joining the staff at Montgomery High School as a School Counselor in 2009, Mrs. Pino worked for the Trenton Public School District as a K-12 Literacy Specialist and at Trenton Central High School as an English teacher. During her time at TCHS, Mrs. Pino enjoyed taking on many roles, but found her time as a coach and club advisor to be most rewarding.  Mrs. Pino also completed her undergraduate work at The College of New Jersey, where she earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education and enjoyed playing Rugby in her free time.  Outside of MHS, Mrs. Pino enjoys spending time with her wife, Angela, her sons, Benjamin and Jacob, her labradoodle, Mostly Good Molly, and her family and friends.

    Mr. Scott Pachuta, Vice Principal

    Scott Pachuta

    After graduating from the University of Scranton with his degree in education, Mr. Pachuta entered into the Bridgewater Raritan School district teaching at the intermediate level for over eight years. While at Bridgewater, Mr. Pachuta served as a teacher mentor, PTO teacher liaison, club advisor, and Achieve NJ representative. He is passionate about education and firmly believes in the importance of Social and Emotional Learning. In 2012, Mr. Pachuta earned the Governor’s Teacher of the Year award along with his Masters in Educational Leadership. Outside of MHS, Mr. Pachuta loves spending time with his wife, Krista, his son, Nolan, his daughter, Bailey, and his fox red lab, Riley. 

    Mr. J.P. McAvaddy, Vice Principal

    JP McAvaddy

    Mr. McAvaddy joins the Montgomery High School community after spending 10 years as a Social Studies and Literacy teacher in Hillsborough. In addition to teaching, Mr. McAvaddy served as a club advisor, student mentor, and leader of various district-wide and school-based committees, all with a focus on supporting the social-emotional needs, as well as the academic success of all students.  Mr. McAvaddy believes making connections with students and their families is a key component to an effective relationship between home and school.  Mr. McAvaddy earned a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Seton Hall University.  When not at work Mr. McAvaddy enjoys traveling, sports (especially his Phillies, Sixers, and Eagles), and spending time with his wife, Cheryl, his four children, Patrick, Connor, Kyle, and Katie, and his cats, Fletcher and Bailey.

    Mrs. Raquel Estremera-Rivera, Vice Principal

    Mrs. Rivera

    Mrs. Raquel Estremera-Rivera received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from The College of New Jersey and her B.A. in Spanish and Latino Caribbean Studies from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the staff at Montgomery High School, Mrs. Rivera served as a K-12 Spanish teacher where she earned the Governor's Teacher of the Year award, founded the Spanish Exchange Program with FloridaBlanca in Murcia, Spain, and served as Vice Principal in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District for the past 25 years. Mrs. Rivera has been a student/teacher mentor, advisor, and leader of various district-wide and school-based committees, all with a focus on Social, Emotional, Learning, Blended and Personalized Learning, Restorative Practices, and Capacity Building. She has hosted student teachers from The College of NJ, Rider University, and the NJ Educational Opportunity Fund Program at Rutgers University. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Rider University with a dissertation focus on Restorative Justice Practices in Education. Outside of MHS, Mrs. Rivera loves spending time with her husband, José, her son, Alejandro, her daughter, Victoria, and their two dogs Reeses and Coco.