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Board Members Sworn into the State Board of Education

For Immediate Release
Contact: David Saenz 
January 11, 2018

Trenton, NJ – Two new members were sworn into the New Jersey State Board of Education at the January 3, 2018, board meeting. The list of new members with a brief bio is below, and additional information is available on the State Board website.

Elaine Bobrove – Westmont, Camden County
Appointed in 2017

  • Adjunct Full Professor, Camden County College, 1982-present
  • Past President, Camden County College Chapter of UAFNJ, AFT
  • Vice President, AFTNJ, Higher Education Division
  • B.A., English, University of Rochester
  • MEd, Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Rutgers University
  • ABD, Graduate Education Doctoral Program in Education Leadership, Widener University

Fatimah Burnam-Watkins – Linden, Union County
Appointed in 2017

  • Senior Vice President, Executive Leadership and Learning, Teach for America, 2016-2017
  • Senior Vice President, Teacher Training and Development, Teacher for America, 2015-2016
  • Executive Director, Teacher for America-New Jersey, 2010-2015
  • B.S., Dual Degree in Government and Politics and Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland

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