About Our Administrators

Ms. Janine Casella

Ms. Casella, Principal

Starting my 28th year withing the Camden City school district, I am both honored and humbled to serve another year as Principal of Cooper's Poynt Family School.  Although most of my years were spent in East Camden, these last six years in North Camden have been amazing. The families and the community that comprises North Camden have been amazing. My overarching goal when I first started as Principal was to ensure that I was accessible to all families and neighbors as a part of this community. In this upcoming year, I will strive to continue that commitment as well as provide students and families the education that they deserve and expect when they choose Cooper's Poynt School. I look forward to another year and as always I am here to serve.

Ms. Rakia Ford

Ms. Ford, Lead Educator

My name is Rakia S. Ford and it is my honor to be your Lead Educator at Cooper’s Poynt School. I am excited to be a part of an amazing team of teachers, students, families and administrators. It is my pleasure to serve our learning community and contribute to a successful school year in every way I can. 


For the past 11 years, I have been an educator in Camden City serving students and families. As an educator and school administrator, it is my belief that our children deserve to have an equitable education. I will aspire to ensure our students' learning experiences will be engaging, challenging, student-driven and spark their curiosity, in turn setting our students up for success both in school and beyond the classroom. 


I received a bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice from Rowan University, and a master’s degree in Reading Education from Rowan University. Additionally, I earned credentials in Educational Leadership through Camden PLUS. As a lifelong learner, I have always valued the importance of education and I will endeavor to make sure our students have a strong foundation in education so they will succeed in college or career. 


I look forward to a continued collaboration with our dedicated staff, students, families and administrative team to help provide a safe, loving, inclusive environment that fosters the best educational experience for our students. Please feel free to contact me at any time, my door is always open.


 I am grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the Cooper’s Poynt Family. 


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