I am a candidate for the Millburn Board of Education and thank you for taking the time to consider my credentials. Please contact me at jeanpasternakformillburnboe@gmail.com with questions or comments.    

Professional background:

I hold a BS in Mathematics & Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. I was fortunate to be selected to attend the prestigious, year long, JP Morgan Corporate Finance Management Program. As a Managing Director in London (1987-1997) for Europe/Middle East/Africa for JP Morgan, I helped build and manage businesses with revenues exceeding $500M with a staff of over 150 European-based employees. Before that, I was a VP in Operations and Corporate Finance in New York (1980-1987). I have strong business and fiscal management skills that I will put to use as a member of the Board.

Community background:

I have been a committed, forthright and active member of this community for the past 13 years. I believe wholeheartedly in collaboration and building bridges. I know we can do a much better job in listening and assessing our community's needs and setting educational priorities accordingly. In my present volunteer roles, I work closely with administrators and have working relationships with current Board of Education members and the Superintendent and his staff.

More than just advocating, I walk the talk.

I have taken the lead in a number of varying important projects for the educational community. At present, I serve as the Chair of the Millburn Special Education Committee --a group that I founded and organized with a leadership team in 2008 and which now serves over 700 families. The educational speakers series and parenting workshops this group offers have become the "go-to events" for many parents of all kinds of students for the tremendous parenting advice they offer. As a PTO conference member, I have initiated or been involved in collaborative efforts in the district including helping to organize the recent Race to Nowhere showings, bringing an expert on Bullying to speak to parents, and helping to conduct a parent homework survey.

I serve on the School & Community Task Force. When the issues of hazing erupted in 2009 in our community, our past Superintendent asked me to participate, as a parent leader, in a group to help create policy to address this and other issues. In this task force, I helped expand the group’s focus beyond hazing to bullying. These are issues we continue to tackle today.

In 2008, I was appointed to a three-year term by our middle school principal to his Leadership Team. This parent-teacher-administrative coalition seeks to raise and discuss issues, problems and opportunities for our middle school population. In this role, I have used my collaborative approach to bring awareness and ideas to improve MMS from the programs and initiatives that I am involved in around the district. I’ve offered ideas for improving: stress levels for students, orientation programs, NJASK testing, technology use and afterschool programming, as examples.

I have committed to other volunteer duties. I have been a Class Parent nearly every year for the past 13. I’ve helped at many Book Fairs, Strawberry Festivals, Teacher Appreciation lunches, Career Day, TGIF and more. I've served on a Diversity Parent Advisory Council, was elected Parent Association Treasurer and serve as a Girl Scout Leader. I have been a team mom for Little League baseball, Rec soccer, worked Jake’s Ride and on BOE and Township Committee campaigns.  What I enjoy most is spending time with the kids serving pizza at the Glenwood “cafeteria” or helping choose a book as a library volunteer at school or tying muddy soccer cleats at half time. I also treasure helping new parents in town or those that ask for advice about their child's journey.    

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I have been married for 23 years to Michael Pasternak and I am the mother of four children, ranging in age from 9-18.

Millburn is a very special community and I would be honored to serve as a member of the Board of Education.