The Hillsborough Township Board of Education is legally responsible for education in the school district by setting and evaluating policy, establishing goals, overseeing that the district is responsibly moving forward, and adopting a fiscally sound operating budget for the school district. The Board is comprised of nine members each serving three year terms. Members of the Board of Education volunteer their time and are not offered compensation.
Current Elected Position
I have always been very passionate about education. I understand that each student learns differently and that there is no one form that fits all. I have worked professionally in 2 different universities and also worked at, and later owned, a summer enrichment camp for four years. It was here where I interacted with different types of students and learned about the school's financial responsibilities needed to foster the growth of student education.
In recent years, I've seen the Hillsborough school board focus on improving the technological portion of our school system. Technology is continually integrating with our daily lives, however, I think that our board needs to have a better understanding of how technology can better enrich our students.
As a technology procurement specialist with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), I understand realistic pricing, technology requirements, and strategic contract negotiations. As an additional budget gatekeeper, I would be an added value to the board of education.
Early education is very dear to my heart because as a young child, I was considered a ‘problem student’ as I was not given the proper educational experience from 1st to 4th grade. I was in the midst of failing 4th grade and my teacher was considering that I repeat the grade. Her words to this day still echo inside my head, "I'll be surprised if she makes it through high school". Fortunately, my grandfather who was an English professor, saw my struggles and dramatically changed my learning performance for the better. Luckily I was able to pass 4th grade by catching up on my foundations.
My grandfather was able to help me excel because he understood that in order to succeed, one must establish a firm foundation. I missed that foundation building opportunity from 1st-4th grade, and I want to make sure that every student in Hillsborough receives the best foundation in their educational experience.
I am personally vested in public school rankings because that is a public acknowledgement of how our school system is performing. Rankings and ratings are a great way to measure how well our schools are performing compared other schools in the state and in the country. It is important because we want to bring value to our education. With a ranking that helps us monitor our performance each year, we can gain more insight into what we are doing well and where we can make improvements.
As taxpayers and homeowners, a better ranking will bring in more value and prosperity. Everyone wants to live in a town with an excellent school system to raise their family and hopefully with these metrics, prospective homebuyers can call Hillsborough their forever town.