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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION - Full Term - Vote for ThreeMicrosoft Word - BOE-JobDescriptionForVOTE411.docxSchool board members in New Jersey are responsible for adopting policies under which the school district operates; overseeing the school district budget; approving the curriculum; hiring and evaluating the superintendent; representing the public during contract negotiations; and serving as a communication link between the community and the school system. Elected school board members receive no compensation and serve three-year terms, unless elected to fill an unexpired term when a vacancy occurs.

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  • Michael Amoroso
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  • Scott Andrew Berlin
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    Margaret "Maggie" Girgis
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  • Christine Matta
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  • Michael Matthews
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  • Michelle Lambert
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    Mary "Meg" Thomann
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Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

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Campaign Email maggiegirgis1@gmail.com
Campaign phone 201-663-0314
Education BA/BS Economics/Finance Rutgers University, Graduate studies at Fordham University
These next 2 years NEED to be a pivotal shift for our children. We need to assess where we are going and where we want to be. We need to use these times of change to change for the better. I am sure that most educators will agree that there are many challenges facing our public schools and students these days. However the major challenge is the road to re-opening. BOE will need to work very closely within state guidelines and faculty on ways to keep the school buildings safe yet productive. More importantly, work to reduce stress and anxiety for the students by providing them with ways to remain secure and carefree. #letthekidsbekids Areas of technology/budgets/staffing/curriculums and working with the children to make up lost time will also need to be addressed. I would propose creating committees and team members to work on each area by identifying expert members in every area to provide for fresh new ideas that will enable us to move forward STRONGER.
I am a mother of 3 students who attend West Freehold Elementary School. They are in 3rd,1st, and Kindergarten grades. I am also an active member of the Clayton Farm Neighborhood Watch team (Freehold Township) and have been class mom for the past few years. I have taught High school/Middle school /Grammar school students in different capacities via my church service. As a parent I understand the needs of parents in the community. As a daughter of an educator (of 21 years) I understand the important role of a teacher. As a Freehold resident, I understand the importance of bridging the gap between the schools and the community. Additionally, I have many years of study and experience in the area of financial/budgeting analysis. This background will help provide the board with tools/strategies in assessing the budget/spending for Freehold Township.

I have spent the last year and a half educating myself about NJ’s educational system/learning standards and curriculums in our state. I have learned many of the policies/standard learning practices and it has lead me to where I am today. I am here because I would like to serve the community and more importantly MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Times are changing and it is time for change. I look forward to serving the community and help foster this change.
Honesty and optimism. Fostering a community of honesty gives parents/students/faculty a sense of security and comfort. As a Board member I would try to encourage parent groups/committees to provide for more feedback and a greater chance to get involved. Additionally, I would encourage more avenues of where parents/faculty to communicate their concerns. #ittakesavillage I would also focus on being more transparent to parents giving them opportunities to be more educated about topics that affect their children as well as a chance to be more proactive.

Another critical quality is being able to see the "glass half full". Remaining emotionally intelligent and being able to remain positive in times of change and uncertainty is crucial. Teaching children to remain strong, confident and perseverance are crucial qualities to have in their adulthood. These qualities are developed by learning. Understanding situations, cause and affect and history is educational and provides for children to learn how to move forward. Many of historical figures/current leaders provided change and defeated the odds by focusing on new beginnings. Focusing on new beginnings and remaining positive allows for successful outcomes. Ultimately, education provides children with the ability to be thinkers. And when they think positive they will win and we win. #win.
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Campaign Email megthomann4boe@gmail.com
Campaign phone 917-208-6761
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Not-a-Business/Meg-Thomann-for-Freehold-Township-Board-of-Education-102483094923753/
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Campaign Address 44 Country View Drive, Freehold NJ 07728
Education College of the Holy Cross; University of St Andrews, Scotland
I'm going to take the optimistic view that the challenges caused by Covid-19 will be temporary and address some of the issues that our district was facing before the pandemic. Freehold Township, like much of New Jersey, must balance high taxes with offering the best education our students can receive. I believe the best investment we can make is in our students and our teachers. Many districts implement costly new programs without investing the time and resources to properly train staff in order to make sure that the teachers have the tools and skills to build success from grade level to grade level. So, if our district decides to purchase a new program, I would ask the tough questions: Why do we want to do this? What does the data show? How much is it going to cost? What will we achieve? How will we make sure that this new program can be effectively implemented across all levels? Freehold Township also needs to address technology in the classroom. While computers are important tools, they must be supplemental. Young students rely on personal connection that not even the most advanced programs can deliver. Computers can support teachers under a coherent, cumulative curriculum, but they cannot replace the personal connection and adaptive learning that a well-trained teacher can provide. Finally, let's take an honest look at our shortcomings. We can always do better. Let's look at where we are falling short and make a plan to improve.
I am a working mom of three children in the Freehold Township school district. When I'm not watching one of my kids' hockey or soccer games, I'm hard at work as the managing director of One Grand, a literary media company. Previously, I was the managing editor of several award-winning magazines where, along with my editorial duties, I was responsible for people, projects, budgets, and deadlines. In addition to my love for literature, I'm also a history buff, and earned my bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and the University of St Andrews in Scotland. After graduation, my husband Mark and I moved to Japan so that I could teach English in a public middle school in the suburbs of Osaka. In 2012, we bought one of Freehold’s historic homes—the Forman House—and feel lucky to be the custodians of such an important piece of Freehold’s past. As the daughter of two New Jersey educators, I grew up in a home where education was a regular topic of dinner table discussion. Personally and professionally, I have experienced the pros and cons of private, public, American, European, and Asian school systems and have learned that there is no one-size-fits-all approach that will work for all children. Now, more than ever, we need creative critical thinking and problem-solving skills, the ability to stand up and ask tough questions, and the willingness to fight for what our kids and families need and deserve. That's exactly what I will do.
Community–district cooperation and participation are key to preserving and improving the quality of life and education in Freehold Township. Maintaining low teacher-student ratios, making sure teachers and students have the tools and resources they need to succeed, supporting the efforts of the individual PTOs, and working with the Freehold Township Education Foundation on goal-setting are all vital for improving our schools and our community. In my experience, communication and transparency with the public about the district's efforts and goals can be improved. I believe I can use my professional communication skills to improve this so that all residents of Freehold Township—whether or not they have children in the schools—can be active partners in crafting a vision for the future of education in Freehold Township.