FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Kristina Heinold, Stacey Sabatos and Faith Alcantara are running for seats on the Florham Park Board of Education. Although election day is officially November 3rd, all Florham Park residents will receive a vote by mail paper ballot sent to their home. Voters are encouraged to fill them out properly and return them via USPS or drop in one of 15 secure drop boxes throughout Morris County. There is one located in Madison outside the police station on Kings road.
You can read their profiles below:
Faith Alcantara has resided in Florham Park for the past eleven years and has two children who are graduates of the Florham Park School district. Her son is currently completing his Masters in Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology and her daughter is a freshman at the University of Toledo majoring in Cosmetic Science. Ms. Alcantara holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University with additional credit hours beyond her Masters in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from Rutgers University. Ms. Alcantara is a career educator with 22 years of experience serving as an Elementary teacher, Whole School Reform Facilitator and eventually promoted to an Elementary principalship in 2003. She has provided instructional leadership at both the elementary and secondary levels in the Orange Public Schools. During Ms. Alcantara’s tenure, she has made significant impact in her school district in a number of areas to include: recently achieving “high performing” district recognition on the NJ QSAC, earning Middle States Association Accreditation for all schools, becoming the 1st elementary school to offer a STEAM focused curriculum in grades 5 - 7, earning “Distinguished” school status for three consecutive school years from Project Lead the Way for her quality Pre-Engineering program offered to students in grades 6 - 7, establishing the first Elementary and High School Robotics competition teams, initiating an application to the Department of Defense to establish a Naval JrROTC program at Orange High School which was approved and a full unit formed, offering her school as a training site for college students pursuing student teacher placements/internships from Seton Hall and Montclair State University and so much more. Ms. Alcantara values and appreciates all voices, student, parent and community in school level planning and decision making. She works closely with her PTO leadership, School Leadership Team, local town officials and community agencies to provide services and programs to her students and their families. Ms. Alcantara strongly believes in the importance of building trusting and supportive relationships with all of her school community and maintains these relationships well beyond the years that families are connected to her school. She has served as the President of the Orange Administrators and Supervisors Association for the past six years and has successfully negotiated three contracts with the Board of Education. In her role, she interacts regularly with Board members and the Superintendent of Schools as a part of their key leadership team to address matters that have impact across the school district. Ms. Alcantara is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving active duty as a commissioned officer for three years at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida and five years as a reservist at McGuire Air Force Base in Wrightstown, NJ. Her military decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal. Ms. Alcantara loves what she does and is committed to the success of all students. In fact, she recently participated in the Social Justice Curriculum Planning/Resource Sharing meetings held over the summer with select Florham Park teachers, district supervisors, parents and university consultants. Additionally, she offered an online Science resource for the district to consider using and it was fully adopted for use by the school district. Ms. Alcantara is vested in our community and will bring a wealth of experience, insight and energy to the Florham Park Board of Education. She welcomes the opportunity to serve and continue to ensure equity and excellence in the Florham Park Schools.
Kristina Heinold, an incumbent, is married to George Heinold, and they have 4 children, ranging from 4th grade to 9th grade. Mrs. Heinold holds her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Finance from Villanova University. She has worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals for the past 21 years with various positions of increasing responsibility within sales, marketing, and management. While Mrs. Heinold is a working mom, she has remained very active volunteering for school events through the PTA as well as serving for the past 6 years on the Board of Education. She has served 3 years on the Finance, Facilities, and Transportation committees, and for her second term, serves on the Curriculum, Policy, and Personnel committees. During her tenure, the Board of Education has hired two superintendents, three buildings principals, a director of special services, and a supervisor of curriculum. Most recently, the district was recognized by the NJDOE as one of the state’s ‘high-performing’ districts, as the NJQSAC assessed Florham Park in five areas: Instruction and Programs, Fiscal Management, Governance, Operations, and Personnel. In all five areas, Florham Park was assessed between 90-96%, which is quite an accomplishment. Mrs. Heinold believes this continues to motivate the board, the administrators, and staff, to continue the growth mindset model to fuel the passion for learning. Mrs. Heinold takes great pride in her experience and contributions to the Florham Park Board of Education and is eager to continue to serve in making a difference in improving the educational impact on our children.
Stacey Sabatos is married to Matthew Sabatos, a life-long Florham Park resident, and they have two children, one entering kindergarten and a second grader. Mrs. Sabatos holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Boston University. Mrs. Sabatos is a full time working mother focused on raising her children and has decided to run for the Board of Education, alongside incumbent Kristina Heinold, with the goal of furthering the accomplishments of the current Board, fueling the passion for learning within our community and keeping the momentum of our ‘high performing’ district on track. Mrs. Sabatos has over twenty years of experience in corporate financial services focused on marketing and communications. She has held roles of increasing responsibility and corporate leadership and currently works at Met Life Investment Management. However, her most important role is being a mother of two young children in the Florham Park school system and she is vested and dedicated to ensuring they receive excellence in education. Mrs. Sabatos is committed to partnering with parents, educators and the Florham Park community to serve as an advocate for the educational advancement of our young children.