Meet Our Principals and Teacher

/Meet Our Principals and Teacher
Meet Our Principals and Teacher 2019-01-22T17:10:32+00:00

Principals Message

Greetings Parents, Students, and Prospective Members of the Pioneer Academy Family!

I would like to welcome you to Pioneer Academy! As the principal of the school, I am proud represent a thriving educational center with state-of-the-art facilities and diverse, ambitious, and driven students.

As an accredited, independent, college-prep school for grades Pre-K through 12, Pioneer Academy is committed to enriching the lives of students, and ensuring their success in college and life. Located in the peaceful Township of Wayne, New Jersey, we offer a vibrant and exciting environment with exceptional academic standards and wide range of extracurricular opportunities catering to the varying interests of our entire student body.

We provide students the opportunity to grow, learn, and enjoy in an environment conducive to fostering academic growth. The experience obtained at Pioneer Academy is unique and helps to drive the intellectual, academic, social, and athletic success of the students.

As a cutting-edge center of academic excellence, Pioneer Academy teaches students to acquire the skills to become self-motivated, responsible, and caring for the environment and those around them. Pioneer offers a generous selection of AP, Honors, and College Prep courses designed to meet the needs of each student. Every student receives personalized academic, career and college counseling services. We want you to know that while you are here, we will do everything we can to provide you with the very best education, guidance, and care that we can.

We hope that you will find this year and all subsequent years here at Pioneer Academy comfortable, fun, beneficial, and of course, highly educational. Teachers, counselors, and dormitory assistants have an open-door policy; if you need extra help, advice, or just someone to talk to, feel free to stop in. The same is true if you have suggestions or questions about anything. We are always open to improving ourselves to better meet the needs of our students.

Thank you for choosing Pioneer Academy for your educational needs. We are here for you, working hard for you because we believe in you. You are tomorrow’s leaders, challengers, innovators, and Pioneers; and this is where you will learn the skills and build the character to be the best that you can be.

On behalf of the entire Pioneer Academy community, best wishes for a great school year!

Mr. Owen O. Akman

Montessori PreK Head Teacher

Ms. Sheila Devaney

“The greatest sign of a teacher is to be able to say, “the children are now working as if I did not exist.”
~ Dr. Maria Montessori

Ms. Devaney has 14 years’ experience as a Montessori teacher.  In 2003 while living in Maryland, Ms. Devaney found the Montessori teaching method.  Right away she knew that this was the only true educational approach for children from birth to age 6.  She then left the traditional classroom and sought her Montessori teaching certification.  In 2006 Ms. Devaney earned her AMI (Association Montessori International) Primary teacher certification ages 2.6 to 6 years old from the North American Montessori Teacher Training Center in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  In 2016, Ms. Devaney received her AMS (American Montessori Society) Primary teacher certification ages 2.6 to 6 from West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program in New York City.  In 2017 Ms. Devaney received her Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood and Special Education ages 2.6 to 8 years old from Concordia College in Bronxville, New York.  After teaching for prestigious private Montessori schools in New York, Maryland, and New Jersey, Ms. Devaney has again moved back to New Jersey and is the PreK Montessori Head Teacher with Pioneer Montessori.