As another new addition to Rutgers Prep, Dr. Joseph Chodl joins us after spending 15 years overseas as the principal of an American school.
Although Dr. Chodl was born and raised in America, coming back meant that he had to start all over.
“Coming here and repatriating to America was very difficult. We had to get bank accounts. We had to make sure we had social security numbers available. We had to get driver’s licenses here in New Jersey… When you leave the country and choose to leave for even a short time, there are certain things that you don’t have anymore.”
Despite the hardships of getting used to America again, Dr. Chodl says that the easiest part was the move to Rutgers Prep. The RPS community accommodated him very well as we accepted our new principal with open arms.
Dr. Chodl’s decision to move back was rooted from the fact that he always knew that his family wouldn’t be staying in the United Kingdom forever.
“The previous Summer of 2013, my wife and I decided that it was a good time for us, both in our careers and personally, where we could look into making the move back. It was all dictated by where I would land professionally. Because Steve (Duffy) received his job offer somewhat early into the school year, the job offer at Rutgers Prep was posted pretty early,” he said.
When making his decision to choose RPS, he largely depended on the opinion of former Rutgers Prep student, Alisha Gandhi. Alisha currently attends the American school in London that Dr. Chodl came from, so hearing about Alisha’s experiences at Rutgers Prep up until she moved to England in 9th grade was a strong factor in his decision.