I am writing this letter to fully endorse the Education Matters Team for the Jersey City Board of Education. I have had the professional experience of learning/working alongside Lorenzo Richardson as a school board member in another town. Mr. Richardson from day one has wanted to represent the community and citizens of Jersey City. He has educated himself about board policies and procedures, best practices in school operation, and ensured that the education and welfare of children are paramount. Mr. Richardson is a statewide advocate for public education who continually commits time as part of his civic duty. He is dedicated to the continual growth and excellence of the Jersey City School District.
Ms. Gina Verdibello, and I have had the pleasure of participating on the Early Childhood Advisory Council, where she was instrumental in improving education for the district’s youngest learners. We have also served as troop leaders in the same Girl Scout Council Heart of New Jersey, where she has afforded her girls with a plethora of learning and fun experiences. Most notable, since her appointment to the school board she has been a staunch activist for adequate school facilities. She is a comprehensive candidate that brings sincerity and integrity to the table.
Mr. Lekendrick Shaw is born, bred, and educated in Jersey City. As a local business owner, he has a vested interest in the economy of Jersey City. Mr. Shaw has been a vocal advocate for the children, families, and educators through his tenure on the board. His efforts on the board have proven his dedication and serious work ethic.
The Education Matters team has all the tools needed to run an effective school board. There is no new learning curve with these three candidates. They have the had training and the experience to keep the district moving forward. This is a group of individuals who take the time to listen to all stakeholders. They want to work with the community because they are truly a part of the community. You have your ballots in hand, I urge you to vote for Richardson 1i, Verdibello 2i, and Shaw 3i because they know how much education matters!
Chere Glover has been employed with the Jersey City Public Schools for 29 years, is a licensed social worker, and a New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) certified school social worker.