1. Why are you running for the Piscataway School Board?
I am running for re-election to ensure the continuity of the success of our school district and to further improve education for our children. I grew up under difficult financial circumstances and getting a good public school education was the key to my success. I am committed to see that all our children are prepared for the future and that they too can live the American dream.
2. What specific things do you hope to accomplish?
I want to engage the district in various levels of government so we can have more of a voice in matters that affect our schools. The current administration has initiate meetings with the municipal government and I think these meetings should be continued and expanded. We should be able to share resources and have a voice in planning board matters that may impact on our schools.
I would also like to see us evaluate the myriad of tests our students take. While we are beholden to state regulations, we need to determine if there are redundancies that can be eliminated at the district level to reduce stress for our students and increase time for instruction.
In addition, I would like to see further development of courses that foster critical thinking skills. These skills should be broadly applicable and will prepare students for the inevitable changes that the future will bring. What we know about physics will change in the future and the learning skills we have to understand the new information should be in place.
3. About Isaac Peng.
I have been a resident of Piscataway for the past 25 years. My wife and I have three children. I am currently a member of the Board of Education, having been appointed twice and elected last year.
My involvement in community service includes serving as president of a marriage preparation course (Pre-Cana), as a homeless shelter volunteer, and as a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society (providing financial aid to the needy). I was treasurer of the Home-School Association of St. Peter’s Elementary School. I have become active in our school district both as a member of the School Board and as a community member on the Curriculum, Legislative, and Community Relations Committees.
Professionally, I have experience in teaching, research and administration. I earned a Ph.D. from Temple University Medical School. I trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University Medical College and was a professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for almost twelve years. Currently, I am the vice president of Chavant, Inc. Including my years as a graduate student, I have 15 years of experience teaching both medical students and graduate students. My research has been supported by competitively awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the U.S Army.
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