Welcome to Richard Butler School!

  • Richard Butler Middle School is characterized by a longstanding tradition of excellence and a tight-knit, welcoming community. We have worked to establish a true middle school philosophy including teaming, a “school within a school” concept that provides additional support for the learning community and enhances teaching and learning. We are committed to providing a comprehensive academic program that prepares our students for high school and beyond. Further, we understand the unique social and emotional needs of middle school students and promote high character and values at all times. The enthusiastic faculty and staff at Richard Butler Middle School are dedicated to ensuring the success of all of our students, and we realize that the relationships we forge with our families are an essential component to achieve that success. Therefore, we encourage you to reach out to the RBS faculty, staff, and administration with any concerns you may have; thank you for your support and partnership!


    Michelle Papa
    Richard Butler Middle School

Phone: 973-492-2079 x7201


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Michelle Papa

I am sincerely honored and humbled to serve as the Principal of Richard Butler Middle School. Most recently, I have served as a high school assistant principal, and prior to that I was an English teacher at the middle and high school levels. I have earned a BA in English Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, MA in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University, and I am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Rowan University. I have presented workshops on the topics of using digital tools for formative assessment, community building in the virtual classroom, text-dependent questioning, state testing rubrics, and school security. I am a mother of two, and my husband is also an educator. I am truly passionate about  the amplification of student voice, healthy school culture, trauma informed education, and equity for all students. I am proud to serve the Butler community as we form partnerships that will ensure the academic, social, and emotional success of all of our students and continue to prove why “It Takes More to Be a Bulldog!”