Mr. Oliva

Phone: (973) 423-6480 x2277


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Elementary Education (K - 8 certificate) Coordinate Major : Communications / Writing Arts

Mr. Oliva

Mr. Joseph Oliva has been a teacher in Hawthorne Public Schools for thirteen years.  He began his career at Lincoln Middle School as a Math, Science, and Social Studies 6th grade teacher.  After three great years as an LMS teacher, Mr. Oliva moved up the hill to join the Jefferson Elementary School staff.  This school year 2018-2019 will be Mr. Oliva's tenth year as a Jefferson Jaguar.  

As a child Mr. Oliva grew up in Pompton Lakes, NJ with his mother, father, and brother.  Mr. Oliva is now happily married to his wife Ali Oliva and soooooo in love with his daughter Brooklyn Marie.  They live in Pompton Plains, NJ.  He attended Rowan University on a partial academic scholarship, graduating Cum Laude with a BA in Elementary Education and a Coordinate Major in the Writing Arts.  Mr. Oliva was a member of the Rowan Admissions Ambassadors, and the Rowan Lacrosse team.

Mr. Oliva is often referred to as Coach Oliva by the student/athletes of Hawthorne High School where he coaches football and softball.  

Mr. Oliva's motto both in the classroom, and on the field of play is simple.  " Our 'Attitude and Effort' are the only two things in this world that we can control.  If we stop worrying about the things that are out of our control, and focus instead on our reactions to them, it makes life a lot more manageable!"


Special Subject Schedule


Monday -  Music 

Tuesday - Gym and Research/Exploration

Wednesday - Gym

Thursday - Art 

Friday - Italian and Computers 

****** All specials are at the end of the school day (2:15-2:55)



**** Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and sneakers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for gym class!