Candidate’s statement

“Kudos to us—teachers, ESPs, and retirees—our commitment has made New Jersey’s school system the best in the nation! We must continue our social justice journey while collaborating to strengthen our dedication to members. Investing in our future—Early Career members and Aspiring Educators—sustains our profession. When members’ voices guide budget decisions, our shared priorities become a reality, and membership will mean more than just ‘paying dues.’ Building on internal relationships to educate and engage all units of our Association to fight unfair attacks and uphold our belief in quality public education for all students makes us STRONGER.” Brenda Brathwaite

Statements from supporters

“When joining the Budget Committee, Brenda approached me to help her learn the budget, now she is READY to use that knowledge as Secretary-Treasurer. Great idea!” Peter Helff, Higher Education, Bergen County

“CSTANJ appreciates Brenda’s support of the CSforAll initiative, a collaborative effort for equitable CS education. CSTANJ looks forward to working with Brenda and NJEA to prepare teachers implementing CS Standards 2022.” Daryl Detrick, Computer Science Teachers Association of NJ–Advocacy Chair

Qualifications/Experience

Educational Position – Atlantic City Public Schools

  • Eighth-Grade Math & Algebra I Teacher

Education – Stockton University

  • D. Candidate in Organizational Leadership
  • A./B.A., Elementary Math Education
  • A., Economics

Atlantic City Education Association

  • Treasurer
  • LAT Chair
  • Building Representative
  • Action Committee
  • Grant Writer

Atlantic County Council of Education Associations

  • 1st and 2nd Vice President
  • PRIDE Chair
  • Communications Chair

Other activities – NJ Superior Court

  • Atlantic/Cape May Vicinage (ACMV) Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
  • ACMV Juvenile Justice Improvement Committee
  • Juvenile Conference Committee, Family Division

New Jersey Education Association

  • Chair, Amistad Stakeholders Group
  • Chair, NJDOE State Professional Learning Committee
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Task Force
  • Budget Committee
  • Communications Consultant
  • Congressional Contact Committee
  • Delegate Assembly
  • Dues Task Force
  • Executive Committee
  • NEA Issues Committee
  • Pandemic Relief Funds Subcommittee
  • Political Action Committee (PAC) Operating Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Property and Personnel Committee
  • Resolutions Committee, Senior Member

National Education Association

  • Chair, Resolutions Committee-Curriculum and Instruction Subcommittee
  • Board, Black Caucus
  • Board of Directors
  • Delegate NEA-RA, 2008-2020
  • ESP Conference Presenter
  • Facilitator, Confronting White Nationalism in Schools
  • Facilitator, Leaders for Just Schools
  • Read Across America Committee

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