Audrey Taylor began her illustrious career right here in her beloved hometown of South River as a student-athlete and phenomenal Basketball player. Her name is etched in SRHS history on a banner in the Gymnasium honoring those players with 1,000+ career points. This distinction, her all-around talent, and her grades would later earn her a full scholarship and further accolades at Monmouth University where she would double major in Communications and Information Technology and earn her Bachelor of Arts degree. Audrey utilized her degree to become a Web Manager for multiple projects in Corporate America for the past 11 years. She is currently is a freelance web designer for ISOP. However, the opportunity to share her time, talent and extensive Basketball experience was something she wanted to pursue. The first place she went was to her alma mater, South River High School. Unfortunately, the schedule conflicted with her employment. She would then go on to become Head Coach at Franklin High School for the past 9 seasons and the rest is literally….history.
Coach Taylor created a standard at Franklin HS “to be tough, defend, and play with your heart, with passion.” Audrey herself is a passionate advocate of giving back to her South River community. She has worked in conjunction with the South River Board of Education to provide backpacks and school supplies to free and reduced-lunch students. She also offers an annual no-cost basic-skills training session and organizes the well-known annual event – Ballin’ in the Park during the month of July.
Audrey mentors aspiring youth via the Passion 4Youth, Inc. which is a 501-c3 educational and athletic program she founded and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Seeing the widening gap between the privileged and those in need, Coach Taylor provides top-notch skill development at an affordable cost to those that would otherwise have to settle for much less or no formalized training. It is the foundation on which her T.R.U.E Skills Academy is built upon. Basketball players at the Middle and High School levels get an opportunity to learn from one of the best and are encouraged to aspire to BE the best! They also learn to give back by teaching the younger students in the program. A training session with Coach Audrey is a complete workout for your mind, body, and soul. She pours her passion for life, the game, the kids and for giving back, into each session. Mentor, Motivate, Confidence, Communication, Encouragement, Positivity are just some of the terms you associate with her. You can throw in Tough, Hard-Work, Rules, Expectations and it’s still a good day that always ends with “Good Job” and that bright smile!
Head Coach Audrey Taylor’s Accomplishments:
2019 USA Today All-USA Coach of the Year
2019 Ranked #12 Nationally (USA Today-Super 25)
2017 & 2019 Ranked #1 State of NJ
2019 Undefeated Season 34-0
2017 & 2019 NJISAA Tournament of Champion State Champions
2x Somerset County Champions (Back 2 Back) 2017 & 2019
4x Group 4 State Champions 2015-2019
4x Group 4 Sectional Champions 2014 -2019
2017 NJ.com (Star-Ledger) Coach of the Year
2017 USA Today Coach of the Year
2014 & 2017 Franklin High School Coach of the Year
2014 & 2017 Courier News Basketball Coach of the Year (Somerset County)
Kevin J. Nielsen is the second of five children born to Carl and Patricia Nielsen. Kevin is a graduate of the South River High School Class of 1980 and has resided and or worked in South River his entire life.
Kevin and his wife Sandra have been married for 12 years and together have four boys, Brandon Pacheco, Mark Pacheco and our twins, Karl and Thomas Nielsen. All who are products of the South River School District
Kevin began his work with the Borough of South River as a utility meter reader in November of 1985. He expanded that service to the South River Police Department in August of 1989 after passing the Chiefs of Police entrance exam in the Spring/Summer of 1989.
Officer Nielsen was a graduate of the 51st Basic Police Training Class at Middlesex County College in January 1990. He was also a member of the Forty-Ninth Graduating class of The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy. Formerly known as The West Point Command and Leadership Academy. After 13 years as an officer on the SRPD – he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on July 1, 2013, and was assigned to the Patrol Division of the South River Police Department where he remained until his retirement on June 30, 2019.
During his tenure with the SRPD, Sergeant Nielsen was assigned many different divisions: Traffic Safety Division, Detective Bureau & Patrol Division.
While assigned to the Traffic Safety Division, he was trained by Northwestern University Traffic Institute to investigate motor vehicle accidents. Kevin is certified in Motor Accident Investigation I and II. He was also trained by the University of North Florida Institute of Police Technology and Management, in the field of Inspection and Investigation of Commercial Vehicle Crashes.
While assigned to the Detective Bureau, he worked with the Middlesex County Narcotics Task Force from June of 1999 until July of 2000. There he worked with other jurisdictions to apprehend individuals making street-level buys of narcotics throughout the county. He also worked with officers from the Federal government, state police and other Counties on the “Club Drug Scene.”
Throughout his Law Enforcement Career, he has received numerous Letter of Commendation.
One of the many defining moments of his career while on patrol in July of 2004. He was the arresting officer of four (4) individuals who were members of the “Lakatosz Crime Family.” These members victimized an elderly resident of the borough. Sergeant Nielsen’s love and respect for his parents and the elderly in general, fueled his resolve even more to solve this particular case.
Kevin has worked within the community by supporting the Boy Scouts of America, and the New Jersey Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
He is also a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3001.
Kevin found another way in which to serve his community. In April of 2010, he was elected to his First Term as a member of the South River Board of Education. This past November, he was re-elected to his Fourth Term and looks forward to continuing to serve his home town of South River.
Ms. Sylvia Zircher has been working with children and families for just over 20 years. She began her career as a social worker at Catholic Charities providing counseling and services for families in need. Shortly after she taught in Piscataway for nine years while raising her son and earning her Masters Degree In Educational Administration. Upon graduation, Ms. Zircher became the Assistant Principal at Ethel McKnight School in East Windsor and after one year was promoted to the Principal position. Ms. Zircher treasured her time as Principal of the McKnight School for the next six years before becoming the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Acting Superintendent in Hamilton School District while pursuing her doctoral degree.
While chatting with a colleague she heard about the vacancy for Superintendent in South River Public Schools. Ms. Zircher has always lived in Middlesex County, but wasn’t familiar with the community. After asking around she realized she knew several people from South River, knew people who had family in South River, or who had grown up in South River. They all shared the same sentiments. South River is a tight knit community of hard working people who share pride in its history, traditions, and accomplishments. After a year and a half as Superintendent of Schools in South River, Ms. Zircher is proud to share these same sentiments, and has genuinely enjoyed and appreciated being welcomed into the community. She feels that thanks to a great student body, parents and volunteers, our board, staff, and administrative team, the district faces a great future ahead!
Sgt. Edwin J. Yorek started his career in Law Enforcement in 2000 as a Special I Police Officer in Seaside Park New Jersey. In 2002 he graduated the 78th Class of Ocean County Police Academy with his full Police Training Commission Certificate and began working as a Special II Police Officer with Seaside Park Police Department. In June 2002 he began his career with the South River Police Department where he has served proudly for 17 years. In January of 2013 he was assigned to the agency’s Special Operations Division where his main responsibilities were Community Policing. In June of 2015 he was assigned additional responsibilities as the Traffic Safety Officer, which is within the Special Operations Division. In October of 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and temporarily reassigned to the Patrol Division where he served for approximately 1 year supervising a patrol squad.
Sgt. Yorek has
successfully completed numerous different training schools and seminars within
his 17 year law enforcement career ranging from, but not limited to; Advanced
Patrol Techniques, Defensive Tactics Instruction, Motor Vehicle Crash
Investigation, Domestic Violence Investigation, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
(HGN), Intermediate & Advanced Community Policing Methods, Method of
Instruction, Field Training Officer Certification, and D.A.R.E. / L.E.A.D.
School Drug Resistance Education Certifications. Sgt. Yorek has also
successfully graduated from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of
Police 52nd Command & Leadership Academy.
During his 5 years
within the agency’s Community Policing and Traffic Safety Division Sgt. Yorek
has been responsible for and implemented programs such as; Annual South River
Police Department Public Safety Day & Bicycle Rodeos, South River Police
Department Annual Basketball Free-throw Tournaments, Annual SRPD Junior Police
Academies, 5th, 7th, & 9th Grade L.E.A.D. Drug Abuse & Resistance
Education programs, South River High School 11th & 12th grade DWI/DUI
Safety Awareness programs, Child Passenger Safety Seat Education, and Special
Event Coordination. Sgt. Yorek has pioneered programs to educate the youth of
South River such as the “Sober-Ride Police Taxi”, KDCOP 5th through 12th grade
anti-bullying seminars, KDCOP anti-bullying “Parent Awareness” seminars, and
Marc Mero’s exclusive “Champion of Choices” leadership seminars for the South
River Middle School & High School.
Yorek currently remains assigned to the agency’s Special Operations Division where
he looks forward to continuing a rewarding career serving the residents of
South River and working as a team with his fellow officers within the South
River Police Department.
Tracey Bussell is a graduate of New York University, Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She worked in publishing for over twenty years as a Licensing Director. Throughout her publishing career, she worked with publishers and editors from around the world before she began her career as a teacher.
She now shares her education and past working experiences with her students.
Tracey Bussell has been a Business Teacher at South River High School for the past three years as her second career. What she loves most about being a teacher is that every day she helps her students explore and learn about the different opportunities and career choices the business world has to offer them. She also loves showing her students the business and financial literacy concepts that will enable them to make informed financial decisions in their personal lives.
As the advisor of the TV 36 club, Tracy volunteered to videotape the SRFEE Harlem Wizards Fundraiser last year to help. She also worked with her students to edit the video (using equipment supplied by an SRFEE grant) and helped advertise for this year’s Harlem Wizards Fundraiser.
When she was made aware the SRFEE Student Ambassadors were in search of an Advisor there was no hesitation in her response. She was happy to help what she considers a great organization. In addition, it was such as good group of young adults, who happened to be former or present students in her classes. She looks forward to continuing her second career both as a teacher and an advisor at South River High School.
As we gear up and build excitement for the return of the Harlem Wizards on October 28th, 2018…we will be anticipating their arrival with activities during Harlem Wizards Week using the theme shared during the assemblies: BEARS…..
Behavior (Monday 10/22/18) – Show your good manners to your Parents, Teachers and Friends (as you should all the time!)
Attitude (Wednesday 10/24/18) – Wear Orange, the color of Respect!
Respect (Thursday 10/25/18) – Wear your Favorite Sports Team Jersey/Apparel!
Success (Friday 10/26/18) – Class who sells the most tickets by Thursday 10/25/18 will EARN an Ice Cream Party! (**When ordering tickets online please enter Teacher’s Last Name in the Comments Section) Buy your tickets here: www.srfee.org