I am not psychic, but when Dr. Abraham was a student and an athlete here at Montclair State University, I knew he was going to do great things. Hal’s a difference-maker and a change-agent. Whether he was in the classroom or on the court, he always brought positive uplifting energy! In my 39 years at MSU, I have never had another student like him. Hal, congratulations on this great honor!
As a former administrator of 20+ years, I believe that I am a strong evaluator of talent. I have never seen a more caring, innovative, and energetic principal than Dr. Abraham. He goes above and beyond to personalize the schooling experience for all students. Dr. Abraham has the ability to bring a community together like I’ve never seen before.
Dr. Abraham inspires people to be their best selves. His passion and love for his job shows each day. From greeting each student at the door each morning, to working out with his students before school at cardio club - he truly makes Hoboken Middle School a special experience for the school community. He makes students want to come to school. He has held several impactful events at the school such as having ESPY winner Eric LeGrand speak to the students about the important of perseverance and grit. Students completed a reading incentive and were rewarded at the event. Another inspiring event was the Cory Weissman 1000 to 1 movie night. It was memorable for the students and the school got the chance to meet and talk to him. No one is more deserving of this award than Dr. Abraham, and he does everything he can to make being a student at Hoboken Middle School an incredible experience.
Dr. Abraham goes above and beyond to make the student experience a memorable one. Nobody cares more about staff and students than he does! I’ve been to many schools and none compare to the culture that he has developed at HMS - it’s truly something special! It has been amazing to see Dr. Abraham changing lives for over 10 years and the impact that he’s had on the community at large!
Hal, your dedication to education and community, enthusiasm for implementing change and energy to get others involved is inspiring. You’ve already been rewarded by the positive changes you’ve made. You deserve full recognition!
Dr. Abraham is a role model for his students, their parents/ guardians and his staff. Be it math, literacy, physical fitness - he is leading by example and making positive strides and life changes throughout the community.
It’s amazing that as the principal of his middle school, he hasn’t only changed the culture of his school and the school district, but the town of Hoboken as a whole. He puts together events that bring the community together and will only continue to grow his legacy there. If anyone is deserving of this award it’s him. #principalabraham #cardioclub #movienight #readbelieveacheive #glowforacure #glowfest
As my sons Principal, I could not have asked for a more dedicated leader. Dr. Abraham inspires his students to do their best. He celebrates their successes and makes them feel smart and valued on a daily basis. Dr. Abraham gets kids to do things they never dreamed they could do. It is because of him that my son loves school. I know the entire school community feels the same way. For the work that he does, he is the talk of the town.
Dr. Abraham is the reason that people are keeping their children in Hoboken Public Schools.
Because of him, HMS has doubled in size (How amazing is that?!)
Dr. Abraham is the type of leader that makes everyone around him better. His positivity and tireless work ethic are infectious. He has a great pulse on the school because he is always outside greeting students and families, in the hallways, classrooms and cafeteria. No problem is too large or too small for Dr. Abraham. He will always make time for you - I don't know how he does it. Student achievement at his school is at an all time high and the culture is like no other I have ever seen at the middle school level.
Dr. Abraham has totally transformed Hoboken Middle School. There’s nobody that cares more about kids and the community than him. When my family was in need, he made sure we had a Thanksgiving Dinner. This is something I’ll never forget. It was a hard time made easier, all because of an amazing principal.
Mr. Abraham demonstrates the leadership qualities that only a lifechanger could. He has totally transformed the schooling experience at Hoboken Middle School. It is because of him that families are deciding to stay in district. He has created a place where teachers enjoy teaching and where students enjoy learning. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work with Mr. Abraham as part of the Persist Kids Leadership Program. From the start, it became clear that Mr. Abraham is an extraordinarily talented leader. He immediately took it upon himself to ensure that all staff had the required training and foundational skills to make the program a success. Moreover, he designed and implemented a number of initiatives to complement and reinforce the program principles. For example, during the 1000 to 1 Movie Night, Corey Weissman appeared in person upon the completion of the film to continue to inspire the students. Having the star of the film show up in the flesh is a great example of one of the many ways in which Mr. Abraham routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty. In addition, he arranged for former American football defensive tackle Eric Legrand to provide the students, parents, and staff with an inspirational talk on overcoming the odds to triumph over adversity, which is a tremendously valuable lesson for everyone. Mr. Abraham is a truly transformative and inspirational leader, and the students, staff, parents and larger Hoboken community are extremely lucky to have him as the Principal of Hoboken Middle School.