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Chimaobi Amutah is the Data Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 4 Regional Achievement Center. In his role, he works with school-based personnel in Region 4 to develop data collection, analysis, and publishing procedures utilized in decision-making to improve students' academic performance. Prior to joining the RAC team, Mr. Amutah taught for a variety of public, charter, and private educational organizations, including the Humphreys County School District in Mississippi, KIPP Delta College Preparatory Schools in Arkansas, and Kaplan Test Prep in New Jersey. Mr. Amutah earned his BA in African and African American Studies with honors from Harvard University. He also holds a Master's Degree in Education with a specialization in Social Studies Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi where he was a part of the highly selective Mississippi Teacher Corps. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education within the Education, Culture, and Society concentration from Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education where he is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar. As a native and resident of Trenton who attended Trenton Public Schools throughout his K-12 education, Mr. Amutah joined the NJDOE to improve the educational outcomes of students from his and similar communities.
Ellen L. Clay
Ellen L. Clay is a Math Specialist for NJDOE's Region 4 Regional Achievement Center. Her responsibilities include supporting districts within the region in mathematics instruction as the country transitions from thinking of mathematics as memorization of procedures to thinking of it as the study of things that can be counted and measured, as well as of the operations/functions that we apply to those counts and measures. Prior to joining RAC 4, her work ranged from math professor to middle school math teacher in Philadelphia. Most recently, she has been a mathematics education professor at Drexel University where she worked with and studied teachers' acquisition of conceptual knowledge and the implementation of this knowledge within the teachers' classrooms. Dr. Clay earned her doctorate in mathematics from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. When she is not working or thinking about her work, Ellen enjoys spending time in nature, ballroom dancing, yoga, and traveling to Louisiana and upstate New York to spend time with family and friends.
Stephanie Crea is a State Turnaround Coach for NJDOE's Region 4 Regional Achievement Center (RAC). In her role, she works collaboratively with the RAC team to assist principals in leading the school turnaround efforts. In addition, she works to ensure that interventions from the school improvement plans are cohesive, coordinated, and designed to promote sustained student achievement. Prior to joining the RAC 4 team, Stephanie worked for the Hamilton Township School District in Mercer County in a number of roles. She was a Title I/basic skills and first grade teacher, supervisor of professional development, coordinator of curriculum and funded programs and an elementary principal. Stephanie earned a BS in Elementary Education and a Master's in Education from Trenton State College and a second master's degree from The College of New Jersey in Educational Leadership. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being on the beach, going out to eat and baking.
Kelly L. Creque
Kelly Creque is the Project Manager for NJDOE's Region 4 Regional Achievement Center. With over 15 years experience in administrative roles in urban districts in New Jersey and Georgia, Kelly brings a unique perspective to the team. Having served as a Director of Assessment and Accountability, Director of Student Information Systems, as well as Special Assistant in the Office of Special Education, Kelly has a strong background in data management and analysis, as well as professional development. She brings those skills to her current role.
As Project Manager, she assists the RAC4 Executive Director with managing the resources of the team and complying with all reporting requirements. Additionally, she provides a variety of support to school and district-based staff including using multiple NJ DOE systems.
Mrs. Creque earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She also holds a Masters of Public Administration from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service.
Kelly loves spending time with her family. She enjoys playing tennis and riding bikes with and her husband and two sons.
Dr. Michael Gilbert
Michael Gilbert, a resident of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is the NJDOE's Region 4 Regional Achievement Center Climate and Culture Specialist. He served the Hamilton Township School District, Hamilton Township, New Jersey, as a teacher, coach, athletic director, vice principal, high school principal, Director of Educational Services and Director of Curriculum & Instruction. He works with the schools in Region 4 to achieve goals of raising student personal growth and academic achievement through the development of healthy learning environments. This is facilitated by the collaborative efforts of the schools, districts, and RAC 4 staff. Michael received his doctoral degree in Education Leadership from Seton Hall University, studying the relationship between pupil control ideology and academic optimism. He is an adjunct professor and mentors new administrators. During his free time, Michael enjoys running and spending time with his family.
Erin Johansen is the Mathematics Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 4 Regional Achievement Center (RAC). In her role, she works with priority and focus schools on upgrading math instruction to meet higher standards. Prior to joining the RAC 4 team, Erin Johansen taught 8th grade mathematics at Ocean Township Intermediate School for six years; worked as a consultant with LL Teach Inc. for three years working in the Camden City Schools; and most recently served as a Math Coach for Winslow Township Schools for two years. Erin earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics and elementary education from Georgian Court College and a master's degree in school administration from New Jersey City University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew and finding out all of what living at the shore has to offer.
Stephanie Washam is an Instructional Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 4 Regional Achievement Center. In her role, she provides observation and feedback, facilitates professional development, provides resources and best practices, and partners with embedded specialists and principals to raise student achievement. Prior to joining the RAC team, Ms Washam worked as an elementary director of curriculum and instruction in a Philadelphia renaissance school. She earned her BA in history and political science at the University of Pittsburgh. Afterwards, she became the founding early childhood Teach For America alumni in Camden, and earned her Master of Education degree at Drexel University concentrated on teaching, learning, and curriculum. She joined the RAC team because she strongly believes that every public school has the ability to provide students with an excellent education, and wanted to be a part of that change. She currently enjoys running after her daughter, yoga, and reading.