Thursday, January 9, 2014

IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING!!

Welcome!!

My name is Theresa Minutillo and I have been involved, in various ways, in the Hoboken Public Schools for the past 10+ years.

I was first a volunteer at Hoboken High School running a program that I created called the Senior/Junior Prep Day, a day dedicated to helping the students write their resumes, get coached In interview techniques and show them how to dress for success.  The event has since expanded and has been adopted as an official school program focusing on career awareness and exploration with over 40 community volunteers sharing their real life experiences.

Last year I was acknowledged for the Junior Prep Day’s 10th year Anniversary and I am so very proud of this program's success and expansion and the commitment of so many within Hoboken High School to see this program evolve with the students and their interests.  


When I first started volunteering at HHS, I was a young single woman creating a community event as part of a Self Expression and Leadership course that I was taking.  And It was this involvement with the students that led me to start attending board of education meetings and ultimately to run for the board.  I was elected and served two full terms on the Hoboken Board of Education. Though there are many things I am proud of during my tenure, the one that stands out the most imy participation in the selection of the current superintendent of schools, Dr. Mark Toback.  He is, without a doubt, a great educational leader.  

At the time of my first election, I was soon to give birth to my first child.  It was a challenge trying to balance being a new mother and a newly elected official.  I managed this by bringing my infant daughter to board meetings in order to breastfeed while conducting board business.  On one occasion, this small act was deemed more newsworthy than the actual work of a board.  



I decided not to seek a third term on the board when my daughter was a 1st grader at Wallace Elementary Public School. But I am as involved in the district today as I was before my tenure on the board.

This past summer, for instance, I organized and styled a photo shoot of Hoboken High School students to create a "look book" to showcase the new uniform policy that commenced the beginning of this school year.


Today, I am a still a happy and dedicated district parent.  I am involved in the Wallace PTO, I still volunteer as the recruiter of the Junior Prep Day, and I'm a regular attendee at board meetings. 

My goal for the future is to provide you the information that parents are looking for regarding Hoboken's schools-be they district, charter or private-and to discuss the similarities and the differences.  I welcome your comments.

Sincerely,
Theresa Minutillo


9 comments:

  1. Congratulations. I look forward to reading more....

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  2. Awesome!! Proud of you! Xoxo

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  3. Great idea, Theresa! I will spread the word and check the page regularly! Thanks for always doing right by our schools.

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  4. Congratulations on the launch Theresa! I'm looking forward to more!

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  5. Great Idea! Congratulations!

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  6. terrific initiative! as a new Hoboken resident and parent to a preK student, I look forward to learning more about the Hoboken school district and how we as parents and as a community can help improve the schools. thanks!

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