Dear fellow Warren residents and neighbors,

My name is Andrea Freijomil, and I am a candidate in the upcoming Board of Education (“BOE”) election. I am excited that for the first time in many years there are four candidates running for three BOE positions, as this allows the residents a more active role in deciding who will work best for them on the BOE. I encourage the residents of Warren Township to interview the candidates and have a say in this important election.

Although I do not believe in self-promotion when it comes to sharing with the public how I donate my time, I understand that it is important to get factual information to those of you who do not know me. I believe I offer a unique blend of family, work, community, and school involvement and experience that will allow me to tackle the upcoming challenges the BOE faces and that affect our entire town. First and foremost, I am a dedicated wife and mother. I have two boys attending sixth grade at Warren Middle School and one boy attending first grade at Angelo L. Tomaso. Since moving to Warren eight and a half years ago, my husband and I have also fostered children through DYFS.

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My varied professional experiences have allowed me to develop and hone my communication, management, financial, and critical analysis skills that will aid the BOE in addressing the myriad of challenges that they deal with on a regular basis. For approximately eight years, I was a key manager in a multi-million dollar manufacturing business, where I analyzed processes and developed and implemented plans that improved efficiencies and resulted in millions of dollars in cost savings per year. In this role, I also managed the purchasing department, which involved maintaining important relationships while effectively negotiating contracts. Thereafter, I was a Director of Investor Relations for a multi-billion dollar hedge fund in New York City. Despite being a new endeavor, I successfully obtained financial and ethical licensing for more than eight years and mastered my role as liaison between our sophisticated investing clientele and the hedge fund professionals. With hard work and dedication, I used my communication skills to maintain our investment relationships and developed a financial data and marketing procedure system that was employed by the entire company.

Since leaving this industry, I have been blessed and privileged with the opportunity to now work as a full-time mother and volunteer in a multitude of areas. For example, I am a weekly volunteer for Meals on Wheels for Warrenbrook Senior Center. I was asked by the Township Committee to join the Warren Youth Services Commissions, and as one of its proud members for the past three years, I have been involved in working with Somerset County to obtain annual grants and in coordinating the funding of valuable programs for the children of Warren. In addition to being involved in my children's sports (as a coach and team mom), I have also been actively involved in their schools (as class mom and an active PTO member). Since 2009, I have been attending and offering input at BOE meetings as an interested citizen. In 2010, our previous superintendent, Dr. Tami Crader, sought assistance in creating better communication with the public regarding the school budget, and I volunteered as a member of the newly-formed committee, Key Budget Communicators, with representatives from each of the schools in our district. In 2012, Dr. Crader again asked for community input and volunteers for a Strategic Planning Committee, and I joined as a member of the School Environment Committee.

I believe that with my background and involvement, I would bring a unique skill set and perspective that will enhance the BOE's ability to address and resolve the many varied issues it regularly faces, from issues such as PARCC assessment testing to security analysis and teacher negotiations and evaluations. I am an independent thinker whose ability to critically analyze and improve processes and to maintain and develop relationships will add value to the BOE's upcoming tasks in addressing declining enrollment, searching for a new superintendent, and continuing to improve communication with the community. Our Town and its children have always been of paramount importance to me, and I would like nothing more than to serve them both as a member of the BOE. I hope you will consider voting for me, Andrea Freijomil, in November. Thank you.