This is the first in a series of profiles written by the candidates running for the Board of Education. TAPinto Elizabeth offered all 10 candidates an opportunity to present their qualifications and goals if elected. Eight responded, and they will be featured one each day.

Stan Neron, a current Board of Education member up for re-election, is profiled here. 

I was born to Haitian parents who reared me with a balance of discipline and the belief in endless possibilities. It is that continuous persistence to strengthening the core values my parents instilled in me that has resulted in my personal and professional success. I am an experienced inspirational speaker, human service and social service advocate, and spiritual steward.  I am active in his church, Morning Star Community Christian Center where as chair of the men’s ministry for eight years I was able to enrich the lives of hundreds of men and young boys through creative programming.

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My commitment and service to others manifest in many aspects of my life. For the last three years I have volunteered countless hours as an elected official, Commissioner for the Elizabeth Board of Education. I have  chaired the education management committee and pushed my colleagues and the administration to continuously strive for perfection. I am is dedicated to mentorship of youth; in fact, for the last 20 years I have mentored endless students at my al mater Kean University, where I remain connected and invested in student success.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and collateral in Africana studies and am  determined to assure that students of color achieve, enter and complete their educational goals.

I managed and grew the Office on Youth Services for more than ten years before my recent promotion to Assistant Director of the Health and Human Services for the City of Elizabeth.  As Assistant Director I provide invaluable coaching and supervision to employees who are charged with providing quality services to some of the City’s most vulnerable residents to include seniors and children. I represent the City on numerous boards and committees that include Prevention Links, the Union County Housing Trust Fund and the Comprehensive Emergency Assistance System and Continuum of Care Committee. I have forged relationships with key stakeholders locally, other elected officials statewide, across the country and internationally.

The most important issue to me in this election is to establish real equity in education here in the City of Elizabeth and making necessary changes in policy that help special education, ESL, school security, transportation and fair hiring practices. 

Continued Advocacy is necessary to see that changes are made to make the necessary improvements.

Last thing, I want the community to know is that we need everyone's involvement in order for the district to succeed at its highest and best.