Lawrence Board Of Education Profile: Tabitha Bellamy-McKinley

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ -Lawrence resident Tabitha Bellamy-McKinley says she is a hard-working mother who is a “champion of equal education for all children.” Bellamy-McKinley is running with Heather Campand Jasmine Surti for a seat on the Lawrence Township Board of Education this Nov. 3.

While many school districts are making re-opening plans, Bellamy-McKinley says there are still learning gaps that exist for students that need to be addressed.

The three Lawrence Township moms – Camp, Surti and Bellamy-McKinley come from different educational backgrounds. Yet, what unites them is their platform of racial justice and diversity.

Read below to learn more about Bellamy-McKinley and her platform for the upcoming elections in Lawrence Township.

Name – Tabitha Bellamy-McKinley

Age (as of Election Day) – 43

Position Sought – School Board

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
No

  • B.S. Biology Howard University,
  • MEd Science, George Washington University,
  • MA and PhD Educational Psychology University of Georgia.

Occupation –

NAEP State Coordinator New Jersey Department of Education (7 years)

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – None

Why are you seeking elective office?

I am a mother of two children who have had the entirety of their public-school education in Lawrence Township Public Schools. I would like to lend my services, skills and educational background to taking LTPS to a new level in becoming the premier school district in New Jersey

The single most pressing issue facing our community is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

Co-educating during the pandemic. Even after schools re-open and students return to full time, in-person instruction, there will still be learning gaps that will need to be addressed. There are varying levels of parental education and support in students’ homes, and therefore the engagement with the curriculum will vary as well. The differences will be amplified as students return to school. There must be a plan to remediate those who need greater instructional support and provide a more challenging pathway for those who have achieved more independently.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

The most critical difference is that I have the strongest background in education, possess the most degrees and have worked the entirety of my career in education from a local, state and now national level.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency).
I do not believe anyone has failed. However, because there are no term limits on the board, in order to serve, I am forced to run against someone.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

The fact that I am running with two other mothers who currently have kids in district and are committed to making a meaningful impact on our community.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

I currently oversee the national and international assessment programs for the state of New Jersey, under the direction of the National Center of Education Statistics (a branch of the US Department of Education). I have a comprehensive and intimate knowledge of local, state and national educational policies

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I am a hardworking mother who is a champion of equal education for all children.

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