Albert was born on September 25, 1947 and lived on the Gayzik farm on
Holloway Lane in Bordentown Township. Just before he started school in the
Old Clara Barton kindergarten annex, we moved to Old Amboy Road. After a
few temporary classrooms including a classroom on the stage at Peter Muschal
Elementary School, he moved into a permanent classroom by sixth grade. He
graduated from the Clara Barton Middle School and he was in the last graduat-
ing class from William MacFarland High School in 1965. While in high school,
Albert played football his sophomore and junior year, played the Mayor in his
senior play, Bye Bye Birdie, and was a member of the Latin Club. He had many
wonderful role models in high school but Mr. Grant ,Mrs. Thompson and Mr.
Lipiarski were among his favorites.
He continued his education at Mercer County Community College where he
earned an Associates of Arts degree. Immediately following his AA degree,
he attended Trenton State College (the College of N.J.) where he earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary School Teacher of Social Studies.
On October 30, 1971, he married Frances Mercantini, also MacFarland Class
of 1965 and they are looking forward to celebrating their 47th wedding
anniversary this year. Albert has two adult children and two grandchildren.
Both sons are Virginia Tech Engineers, one is with the FAA and the other an
Associate Professor at Wake Forest. They have lived in Highland Falls, New
York, Muncie, Indiana, Middlesex, NJ and Hamilton, N.J.
Just as he began his studies at Ball State University, he was drafted into the
United States Army. After completing boot camp at Fort Dix and advance
training at Fort Know, he was assigned to Head Quarters Company, First
Battalion, First Infantry, United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
He was initially assigned as a tacticians NCO for the 2nd Regiment and later
moved to TAC NCO for the Corps of Cadets. He was honored to receive the
Soldier of the Month Award while stationed at West Point. At the completion
of his duty, he returned to Ball State University and completed his Master’s
Degree in Geography-Earth Science.
Albert’s professional career began with his first assignment as an Earth Science
Teacher in Branchburg, NJ. As BCMS grew he also taught Social Studies and/or
both subjects until 2001 when he became the Assistant Principal of Branchburg
Central Middle School. His course work at Rutgers Graduate School of Education
paid dividends with a Master’s in Education in 1989. He performed a myriad
of tasks such as Chairmen of The Branchburg District Emergency Management
Planning Committee, Interim Principal of Stony Brook Intermediate School,
supervised the scheduling of classes and extracurricular activities, assumed the
responsibility of coordinating custodial, cafeteria and support services and
observe BCMS professional staff. As a teacher, he had the honor of becoming
the Charter President of AFT Local 3667, Branchburg. As an administrator he
had the privilege of serving with NJPSA in Branchburg.
To achieve his career opportunities, he obtained a number of NJ Certifications:
Principal/Supervisor, School Business Administrator, Teacher of Earth Science
and Secondary School Teacher of Social Studies. While at Trenton State (TCNJ),
he had the honor of being inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, Delta Xi Chapter. At
Ball State, Albert was honored to become a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon,
Iota Omega Chapter.
Albert feels everyone should be encouraged to participate in community service.
As an educator he was always involved with the teacher’s union and
administrators association. While living in Middlesex Borough, NJ, Albert
served on the Planning Board, Environmental Committee, the Board of
Education and the Middlesex Borough Council. In 2013, he served as the
President of the Hamilton Township Board of Education and President
of the Mercer County School Boards in 2014. He is currently beginning
his second non-consecutive term as a member of the Hamilton Township
Board of Education.
Albert’s community memberships include: parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows,
St. Anthony’s Parish, Hamilton Township Senior Citizens, The College of New
Jersey Alumni Association, Rutgers University GSE Alumni Association,
Colonel Henry Rutgers Society and Hamilton American Legion Post 31.