Dear Editor,

My name is Gurnoor Tucker and I graduated from J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ in 2014. Kristine Keefe was my teacher and mentor for Advanced Placement Spanish during my senior year. Today, I am honored to write in support for her campaign for South Plainfield Borough Council.

As a student and now friend of Señora Keefe (as I still like to call her), I can personally attest to her devotion to guiding the next generation of leaders. In 2014, she was asked to teach our class mid-year due to the retirement of our original teacher. With just a couple months before the AP exam, Señora Keefe steered the class back on track by developing a unique, technology-oriented curriculum, leading our class to an average score of 4.28/5. Now the permanent AP Spanish teacher at JP Stevens, she has been recognized by Foreign Language Educators of NJ (FLENJ) for her innovation and creativity.

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Kristine Keefe is an incredibly inspirational role model, and I am so proud to support her run for South Plainfield Borough Council in 2018. Her no-nonsense attitude to challenges, in combination with her sincere compassion towards her diverse classroom, motivated students to not only receive record-high test scores, but also become better versions of ourselves. And now, Kristine and her running mates are seizing this moment because they know how to lead South Plainfield to a better version of itself.

To the young residents of South Plainfield, I ask you to rise to the occasion. This is our political moment. While the task of taking on the problems of our time may seem daunting, realize that the most impactful difference you can make is in your own community. Register to vote, register your family members to vote, and register your neighbors to vote. Get involved in the Doyon, Keefe, and Zwerko campaign because they see a South Plainfield that includes your voices as well. Change is a ripple effect that trickles from the bottom up.

Sincerely,

Gurnoor Tucker