Building Administration

Last Updated: 1/30/2020 4:34 PM


The school is led by administrators Victoria Palmer-Gilliard, Principal, Chris Derflinger, Vice Principal, and Dr. Brita Theadford-Woodard, Instructional Supervisor.

picMrs. Palmer-Gilliard is proud to serve as the Principal of A.P. Morris Early Childhood Center. Mrs. Palmer-Gillard has been an administrator in the Hillside Public Schools for the last 20 years. Prior to arriving in Hillside, Mrs. Palmer-Gilliard was an administrator in the Bronx. Mrs. Palmer-Gilliard is excited to lead the A.P. Morris community and looks forward to welcoming our scholars every day.  



imageMr. Derflinger is proud to serve as the Vice Principal for A.P. Morris Early Childhood Center. Mr. Derflinger has been an educator in the Hillside Public Schools for the last thirteen years. He started his career in Hillside at A.P. Morris/E.C.C. teaching first grade. He has also taught both third and fifth grades at Hurden Looker Elementary School. Mr. Derflinger received his undergraduate degree from Montclair State University in Elementary Education. Additionally, he has earned a masters degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University, as well as a masters in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. Mr. Derflinger has an open door policy and invites families to come in to meet with him. He can be reached at extension 5490 or at 




Dr. Brita Theadford is grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Instructional Supervisor of Pre-K to 1st Grade for A. P. Morris Early Childhood Center. She has worked in the field of education for over 22 years. Her experience is diverse having worked in urban and suburban public school districts across the State of New Jersey. She has served as an Elementary School Teacher, Supervisor of Science, Mathematics, Bilingual, and Gifted and Talented, and Human Resources.  Dr. Brita A. Theadford  has received a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Rowan University, a Masters Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration from Rider University and her Doctorate of Education in Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University.  She is a Member of the National Prevention Science Coalition (NPSC), and NJ STEM Pathways. Dr. Brita A. Theadford has an open door policy and invites families to stay in contact with her at