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MEET THE CANDIDATES 

New Leadership Will Deliver Results for Our School District

Greetings Teaneck Community,

I am Dr. Gerald Kirshenbaum, and I am excited to introduce myself as a candidate for the Teaneck Board of Education. With nearly 50 years of dedicated experience in education, both in public and private settings, I am deeply committed to the future of our schools and the success of our students.

 

My educational journey has taken me through various roles, each of which has contributed to my profound understanding of the intricacies of education. I have proudly served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent in New Rochelle, New York. In these capacities, I have had the privilege of shaping curriculum, guiding instruction, and writing successful grant proposals. One of my most significant achievements was co-authoring a $3.2 million magnet grant, which brought invaluable resources to the Reggio Emilia Early Childhood Center and two magnet schools. This accomplishment not only highlights my expertise in securing funding but also demonstrates my commitment to innovative educational programs. My leadership extends beyond the public sector. I have proudly served as the Headmaster of Moriah School, where I oversaw the education of 1,000 PreK-8 students. Additionally, I have held the position of President on the Board of Education for a private school, allowing me to gain insights into the unique challenges and opportunities that both public and private educational institutions face. My vision for the Teaneck Board of Education is to foster a nurturing, inclusive, and academically enriching environment for our students. I believe in the power of collaboration, transparency, and community engagement to achieve this vision. Together, we can ensure that Teaneck's schools remain a source of pride and excellence.

 

As a candidate for the Teaneck Board of Education, I am committed to leveraging my extensive experience and passion for education to make a positive impact on the future of our community. I humbly ask for your support and trust in this important endeavor.

 

Thank you for considering me as your advocate for quality education in Teaneck.

 

Sincerely,

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Dear Teaneck Community,

I am David Gruber, and I am honored to seek your support as a candidate for the Teaneck Board of Education Trustee. With nearly two terms of dedicated service to this esteemed board, I am deeply committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and the responsible investment of resources for the betterment of our community.

 

My journey in education and public service has been shaped by a relentless commitment to creating a meaningful impact in the lives of Teaneck residents and our children. My educational foundation began at Jamaica High School in Queens, New York, which instilled in me the importance of a quality education as the cornerstone of future success.

I hold the distinction of being a proud graduate of both the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia University, where I earned a dual MD MBA degree. This unique blend of medical and business education has provided me with a holistic perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing our educational system. It also underscores my dedication to evidence-based decision-making and fiscal responsibility. My lifelong interest in public policy has been a driving force in my journey. I was honored to be selected as a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow, an experience that deepened my understanding of the critical role education plays in shaping the future of our communities. This fellowship further solidified my commitment to championing policies that empower our students and schools.

 

Throughout my tenure on the Teaneck Board of Education, I have consistently advocated for academic excellence and the wise allocation of resources. I firmly believe that every child in Teaneck deserves access to a world-class education that prepares them for a bright future. To achieve this, I have focused on investing for value, ensuring that our resources are maximized to benefit our students and the community as a whole.

As a candidate, my primary goal is to continue creating a positive and lasting impact on the education of our children and the vibrancy of our community. I am deeply dedicated to fostering an environment where our schools can thrive, and our students can reach their full potential.

I kindly ask for your support and trust as I seek to serve you for another term on the Teaneck Board of Education. Together, we can continue to build a brighter future for Teaneck.

Sincerely,

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Dear Teaneck Residents,

I am James Wolff, and it is with great enthusiasm that I seek your support as a candidate for the Teaneck Board of Education. My journey is rooted in a profound belief in the value of public education and a deep commitment to fostering a safe and enriching learning environment for all of Teaneck's children.

As a product of public education myself, I understand firsthand the transformative power of our schools. With degrees in Biology, Health Sciences, and Physical Therapy, I bring a diverse educational background that underscores my passion for learning and my dedication to the well-being of our community. My connection to Teaneck's schools is personal and ongoing. I am the proud parent of two children who are currently attending Teaneck Public Schools. This parental perspective keeps me deeply connected to the day-to-day experiences and challenges faced by our students and families. Professionally, I am a healthcare expert with over 20 years of experience working in a level-one trauma hospital. This experience has provided me with a unique perspective on the health and well-being of our community's children. I am committed to leveraging this expertise to ensure that our schools prioritize the physical and mental health of our students.

 

I am a dedicated member of the CSEA Union, and my experience as a union member has shaped my commitment to advocating for the rights and well-being of our teachers and staff. I firmly believe that a strong, supportive school environment is essential for the success of our educators and, by extension, our students.

 

One of my core priorities is to be a strong advocate for special education, parental engagement, and safe schools. Every child deserves an inclusive and supportive educational environment, and parents should have a meaningful role in shaping their children's education. Additionally, ensuring the safety and security of our schools is paramount to creating an effective learning space. My overarching goal is to enhance academic achievement for all Teaneck children. Regardless of background or ability, I believe every child should have the opportunity to excel academically and achieve their full potential.

 

I humbly ask for your support as I embark on this journey to serve our community and our children. Together, we can continue to strengthen and enrich Teaneck's public education system, ensuring a bright future for all.

 

Sincerely,

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