Education Matters Fundraiser a Success!

When your goal is to bring people together for all the right reasons – magic happens! Education Matters team kicked off the campaign season with some phenomenal people, friends from every corner of JC, across different professions, wards and political isles, who came to support us and to share the love for JCPS.

No grand speeches, just a great deal of awesome networking and heartfelt conversations about our children, our schools, and our future as a community and one JC family. Huge thanks to everyone who came out tonight; educators, parents, family and friends! You give us strength, you set the tone, your faith, your support, your kindness and generosity energize us to do great things. Onward.




JC Teachers Endorse our Team!

According to “TAPINTO” – The Education Matter team of candidates for Jersey City Board of Education have received the endorsement of the Jersey City Education Association’s (JCEA) Political Action Committee, according to JCEA President Ronald Greco. 

Natalia Ioffe, Younass Barkouch & Paula Jones-Watson make up the Education Matters Team and are three of eight candidates seeking election to one of three seats up for grabs in the November election. 

“These candidates have the proven track record of experience, commitment & advocacy needed during this time as we prepare to bring back our children at 100% capacity,” Greco, who leads the nearly 4,000 member strong union, said in a statement. “Our kids will need all the support they can get to acclimate them to in-person schooling once again and to address their social and emotional needs, and we are confident these candidates will help deliver the support that is needed.”

Offering insight into why each of the three was selected Greco said that Ioffe has been a staunch advocate for her PTA and others around the district and has the experience of finding grants and nonprofits to get our children what they need. Jones-Watson, Greco added, “is an experienced, retired educator and administrator with decades of experience who knows what is needed inside our classrooms and our district.” Finally, Greco said that Barkouch, a recent graduate of both Jersey City’s public school and Rutgers University, “adds a youthful perspective” and has a goal of implementing a mentoring program in the district to help local students.

“Through their experience and actions advocating in their community, these candidates have proven to us that they have the commitment, the vision and the experience to become effective Jersey City Public School Board Members – and our membership will be committed to putting in the work to make sure they will have the opportunity to do so.”

Food for Thought

During team breakfast at the Miss America Diner, Paula, Younass and I not only had an opportunity to support a local small business, but we also discussed school funding, mentorship, special education and so much more.

We realized that combining administrative, community and scholarly perspective helps us come up with multifaceted solutions that our schools need!

Education Matters!

Friends, life works in wondrous ways. Years of work to support our schools and community, as well as your continued support have brought me back onto campaign trail. However this time – I am excited and proud to run as part of a team, with two incredible people.

Meet Our Dream Team for Education :

  • Paula Jones – experienced and revered JCPS educator with thorough knowledge of our school system
  • Younass Barkouch – university student who is a proud JCPS graduate with a vision for helping children reach their full potential
  • Natalia Ioffe – JCPS parent with years of school volunteering, team building and advocacy.

Combining administrative, community and scholarly perspective helps us come up with innovative and effective approaches to school funding, mentorship, serving the students with special needs in post-pandemic world and so much more!

With Gratitude

❤️ My greatest impression from this campaign is the overwhelming support of my friends, neighbors and community partners. I owe you all a huge debt of gratitude for your incredible efforts. Your faith in me gave me wings, even if for a brief moment.
As an independent candidate, winning a race against an established machine would be a formidable challenge. I truly feel that we gave it our best effort.
I know exactly what I could contribute to the BOE given the opportunity. As things are, however, I can and will continue making a daily contribution to our schools as a free agent.
One of my favorite questions during the candidate forums was: “What will you do if you lose?” And my answer will continue to be :”The same thing I’m already doing. Empowering and engaging parents and coming up with innovative strategies to solve our school funding crisis.”
I congratulate the winning ticket, Marilyn Roman, Joan Terrel-Paige and Mussab Ali, and hope that they will govern wisely. As for us, it’s back to work making our schools stronger and better for our children. The students need all the support we can give them and we will not let them down.
Thank you, my friends, from the bottom of my heart. I endeavor to continue justifying your faith in me with good works to come. ❤️

#TheOddsAreNeverInOurFavor #AndThatsOkay

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