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Executive Staff Biographies

Peter Shulman -- Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Education

Peter Shulman serves as Deputy Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Education.  In this role, he leads the Talent, Performance and Information Technology divisions within the department.  Prior to taking this role, Peter served as the Chief Talent Officer within the Department for four years, where he led the offices of educator preparation, certification, evaluation and professional development.  Previously, Peter has served in administrative roles with the Delaware Department of Education and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Bumpus -- Assistant Commissioner Field Services Division

As the Assistant Commissioner for Field Services, Robert Bumpus has general supervisory responsibilities for the County Administrative Unit, the Division of Finance and Facilities and the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance.  He has also served in various NJDOE positions, including Executive Director of Regional Achievement Center 7 and Executive County Superintendent in Salem and Gloucester Counties.   He has served school districts in varied roles including teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent.   He earned his MA and BA from Rowan University and is certified as a social studies and language arts teacher, as well as a principal and school administrator.  Mr. Bumpus enjoys exercising on a regular basis and spending time with his family.

Karin Garver -- Assistant Commissioner Division of Executive Services/Chief of Staff

Karin Garver is the Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Executive Services and Chief of Staff. Serving in this capacity, she oversees the Offices of the Chief of Public Affairs, and the Chief Administrative Officer. Ms. Garver advises the Commissioner and other executive departments on policy, program and personnel matters. After joining the department in August 2002, Karin spent over ten years as an Education Program Development Specialist and manager within the Division of Early Childhood Education. Most recently, she served within the Division of Teaching and Learning as the Director of the Office of Academic Initiatives and Fiscal Accountability and later as the Deputy Chief Academic Officer. Karin holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Colgate University and an MA in Public Policy from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

Peggy McDonald, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Learning Support and Specialized Services Division

Peggy is the Acting Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services. This division assists school districts, educators and families with identifying and implementing supports and interventions to promote student learning.  Peggy has held a number of positions in the division including educational consultant, state assessment liaison, manager of the special education monitoring unit, director, Office of Special Education Programs and deputy chief of the division.  Peggy holds a bachelor's degree in education of the deaf and a master's in Audiology from Kean University along with a doctorate in special education from Rutgers's University.  She holds a variety of New Jersey teaching licenses as well as certification as a learning disabilities teacher-consultant.

Laura C. Morana - Acting Chief Academic Officer

Laura C. Morana is serving as the Acting Chief Academic Officer. Laura joined the New Jersey Department of Education in 2013 and has served as the Interim Executive County Superintendent in Mercer and Middlesex Counties. Prior to joining the Department, Laura served as Superintendent of Schools (PreK-8) in Red Bank in Monmouth County and as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Development (PreK-12) in Piscataway in Middlesex County. Her career in education began in Elizabeth in Union County, where she served as the Director of Staff Development, Best Practices and Innovative Practices; Middle School Principal; Supervisor of Special Education; Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDT-C); and Special Education (ninth grade) and Bilingual/English as a Second Language Teacher (K-5). Laura completed undergraduate and graduate work at Kean University and Rowan University's doctoral program. Laura enjoys reading and she is proud of her daughter's passion for teaching English Language Arts in a middle school setting.