Master of Education in Educational Leadership, The College of New Jersey-2001 /
Bachelor of Arts in Special and Elementary Education, Providence College-1995
During my time on the Board of Education since this past summer, it has become clear to me that the impacts of COVID-19 on our school community will continue to be a priority. I recommend a responsive approach that addresses these impacts in the same calm and measured way that the Bradley Beach Elementary School team has implemented since day one. With a clear focus on our mission and a commitment to providing exceptional learning experiences in a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment, it will be critical to maintain an alignment with The Road Back, adhering to recommendations from the CDC, and state and local public health officials; seek input and feedback from all stakeholders; provide thorough and transparent communication; and remain flexible as conditions develop. Our work as a Board is to ensure resources are provided to protect our children’s social and emotional health and development.
It is a great honor currently serving on the Board of Education for Bradley Beach. From a personal perspective, I care about our town, the youth, and the opportunities that we can provide for them. More formally, I have been an active volunteer since last summer serving on the Bradley Beach Strategic Plan task force focused on Civic Engagement. I was part of a team exploring a mentor program, aligning our towns many resources to the potential needs of our youth. The highlight for me was the conversations I was able to have with BBES students. Most recently, I serve as the Co-Chair of the Bradley Beach Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census.
Professionally, I have a deep and extensive background in education oversight and administration. Over the course of a more than 25 year career, I have served as a Principal, Associate Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Teacher and Coach in some of the best American public and private international schools abroad. My current work is in higher education as an Adjunct Professor for The College of New Jersey, School of Education, teaching graduate level courses as well as supervising leadership interns and student teachers. I view this opportunity as a way to give back to my local community and to support the bigger picture, the 35,000 foot view of education in Bradley Beach. As a team player who enjoys collaboration and current thinking in education, I look forward to the possibility of continuing to serve our learning community.
Amidst the heavy lift of starting a school year during a global pandemic, the District has identified specific goals for the 2020-21 school year: Covid 19 Planning; Instruction and Learning; and Communication. The Board has identified the following goals: Committee structures; Board training, development; and Strategic Planning.
Another priority is to create the most equitable and inclusive learning community for each of our students and staff members. We must continue to create the conditions necessary to provide culturally relevant learning experiences and instruction; continue hiring and training exceptional educators from diverse backgrounds and perspectives; and continue to lift-up and promote the success of each student by ensuring access to positive and diverse relationships. Upholding social justice in our district is essential.
Regarding fiscal responsibility and keeping an eye on Bradley Beach being an affordable town for all, I support:
• More in depth differentiating "needs” from “wants”
• Staggering spend on “needs” over time, and fundraising for “wants”
• A robust bidding process ensuring the best value for what we are spending
Further to preserving this work, I would continue to seek to understand the diverse needs of our community by listening, and gathering data. I would work alongside a team to strategically consider action-planning next steps to support data driven decision making and involvement of appropriate constituencies within a reasonable timeline.
515 Newark Avenue
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
M.Ed Social Studies Education, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, 2005 /// B.A. History, Rutgers College, Rutgers University, 2003
A major challenge facing all schools, a fact to which Bradley Beach is not indifferent, is that students face a real threat in losing access to arts and humanities education and other programs that enhance their social and emotional well-being. Arts programs and associated extracurricular clubs and sports have for decades been vulnerable in the face of budget constraints, and the push for core STEM education (while certainly valuable and important), has often come at the expense of eliminating or reducing student access to these important aspects of every young person’s development. The recent and ongoing difficulties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have forced schools to come up with creative alternatives in how they can still offer quality education and keep students and families feeling safe. I believe all members of the Board of Education will be vigilant in this ever-changing landscape. But looking ahead, what possibilities exist in keeping arts and cultural education part of the “daily norm” for all students? I would encourage more partnerships with local and state organizations that can provide grant funding for enrichment and service-learning programs for students.
I am a parent of two boys in the Bradley Beach school district, and my family has lived full time in Bradley Beach since 2007. I attend Board of Education meetings to remain informed about the needs of the school, and our family participates in a large number of school activities made available to the community. I feel Bradley Beach Elementary School gets a lot of things right; from provision of quality services and resources to students with special needs, to an open, honest communicative relationship with families of diverse backgrounds, to an exemplary and organized return to school plan that has given students a welcomed sense of normalcy in daily live and virtual instruction.
/// As a high school social studies teacher for fifteen years, I understand the challenges facing educators in meeting the needs of students who come from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. As a participating instructor in my district’s School of Social Justice, I can attest to the importance of encouraging students’ critical thinking about and engagement in civic education. As an instructor in advanced placement courses, I have seen firsthand the important bridge between student achievement and success in higher education.
/// As a volunteer den leader since 2017 for my son’s Cub Scouts pack and a Little League baseball coach, I know that dedicating time and energy pays dividends when it comes to our children pursuing their passions outside of the home.
Improving quality of life in Bradley Beach requires working relationships. Relationships require effort to maintain. Bradley Beach Elementary is the foundation for community relationships. Anti-bullying, SOLE, and character education fosters respect amongst peers and prepares young adults for high school and careers. The support from administration for teachers to think and teach creatively allows our educators to continue to foster student success. Teachers’ ability to make the classroom and virtual space feel safe and inclusive for all learners keeps our young people engaged and learning self-responsibility. The district’s continued efforts to reach community members of diverse backgrounds encourages a united community vision to which we are all stakeholders. The BBES PTO’s initiatives to facilitate fundraising and school events demonstrates parents’ commitment to being part of their sons’ and daughters’ lives. The willingness of local businesses, municipal departments, and community volunteers to partner with the school for enrichment activities demonstrates and models important civic engagement sorely needed in today’s society. Every member of the Board of Education has a responsibility to encourage and develop these relationships within our community.
600 4th Ave.
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
Kean University ‘93
A major challenge facing the Bradley Beach School and community is parent and community involvement. I feel like there has to be a way to introduce more input from the parents and community members to make informed decisions for the school district. We need to focus on some events that bring our community and our school together.
I am deeply committed to the town of Bradley Beach. I have lived here full time for over 20 years. I have a sixth grader and a third grader who have been enrolled in BBES since PreK. I have been involved in the Special Education and Individual Education Plans as a parent since 2012. I have been an active member of the BBES PTO and the Restart Committee. I am a past member of the Board of Recreation, the Memorial Day Committee, the Porch Fest Committee and a referee for the Bradley Beach Biddy Basketball. I’m passionate about our community.
I think a major critical factor to the quality of life in our community is that ALL people are valued. I would like to make sure that all students, parents, teachers and those who live in the community voices are heard. I believe everyone should have a vote on the path that our school decides to take.
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There are many challenges that our district faces. As a Board, we would collaboratively discuss how we face each challenge and strive to overcome them.
I am qualified for this position because I have been in education for 18 years. I began my career as an elementary teacher. I am currently a Supervisor at Edison Public Schools. Some of my background includes NJSLA, Title I, HIB and Human Resources.
It is critical that all children get an equal education in our community as well as the best education possible. I will fight to ensure all children get the quality education they deserve.