Michael Weaver: Montvale
(Editor’s Note: Some responses are edited for clarity, but no response has been condensed or added upon.)
Job Location: Thomas Jefferson Middle School Fairlawn, NJ
Hobbies: “Over the last ten years, I served the Montvale Athletic League (MAL) as an executive board member (Jan 2011 – June 2016), serving terms as president and vice president. During this time, I have coached 40 teams across six sports and currently coach Grade 1-2 MAL Boys Soccer, as well as coordinate/coach Grades K – 2 MAL/Woodcliff Lake Flag Football, Grades K – 2 MAL Basketball, and Grades 2 – 8 MAL Travel Basketball. This fall, I am also assisting with the Hillsdale Hawks Grades 1 – 2 Football Team. In addition to my volunteer efforts within the Valley towns, I have served as Basketball Tournament Director for Bergen County Women’s Coaches Association and am the Director of the North Jersey Breast Cancer Basketball Challenge, a 2011 New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award for Health and Wellness.”
Reason to run: “Montvale is the town where my wife’s grandparents raised their family, and it is a community we have been proud to call home for the last eighteen years. We could not have found a better town to raise our four children (Michael – 13, Maddie – 12, Logan and Will – 8), and volunteering as a member of the Pascack Valley Regional Board of Education will provide us with the opportunity to give back to a community that has given us so much.
My top priority as a member of the Pascack Valley Regional BOE is to work with follow board members and ensure that all students, from all four towns, have equal access to the best educational experience we can provide. The Board of Education members do not work in isolation. The success of the district is dependent on the ability of all nine members and the superintendent to work together in establishing mutually agreed upon goals that align with the district’s mission and vision. They should be strategic/specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. I believe my work as an educator and volunteer in the community over the last twenty-five years is reflective of this commitment to a team approach.”
What do you hope to accomplish if you win?: “My hope and expectation is to contribute to the development of strategic goals and ensure they are met. For example, I fully support the district’s 2019 – 2020 goal to “advance the work of inclusivity and equity throughout the district. Expand institutional awareness, establish stronger connections with marginalized groups, and engage students and regional partners.” Understanding to what extent this goal was achieved will ultimately drive decisions on the establishment of future goals.
For example, in my current role as building principal of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Fair Lawn, the second-largest middle school in Bergen County with 1,060 students and 125 faculty and staff, our strategic plan is based on significant collaboration between stakeholders across the district. This produced a district-wide focus on student health, wellness, and social purpose, as well as culture, community, and family. To best support students and enable for a healthy balance between school and social life, while creating a culture and climate of inclusion/fostering respect for and acceptance of diversity, we offer extensive learning opportunities through the curriculum and support programming.”