Pamela Ackerman-Garcia, the newly appointed Language Arts Supervisor in the Westfield Public Schools, begins her second month in Westfield and her 20th year in education.
Prior to her appointment by the Westfield Board of Education, she most recently held the position of Supervisor of K-12 Language Arts, World Language and Media in the Monroe Township School District. Ms. Ackerman-Garcia served on the Monroe Township Library Board as the liaison for the school district with the town library.
Her teaching career includes 12 years in the Plainfield school district, where she advanced to Coordinator of Language Arts and Professional Development. As a result of a successful grant she received from the Department of Education, Ms. Ackerman-Garcia also provided support as a Special Education Literacy Resource Coach.
Ms. Ackerman-Garcia received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, and earned a Master Degree in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey, where she is an adjunct professor of graduate courses in secondary education and educational administration.
A 17-year resident of Fanwood where she lives with her husband and two sons, Ms. Ackerman-Garcia remarked, “I feel that Westfield is the perfect fit and that I actually came home. I am incredibly inspired by my colleagues, the students and the vision of the district.”
Superintendent of Schools, Margaret Dolan, noted, “Ms. Ackerman-Garcia already has helped us continue our elementary arts initiative with Teachers College at Columbia University, as well as worked with our secondary school English teachers in the development of their Student Growth Objectives.”