East Orange School District
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East Orange Board of Education

The East Orange Board of Education consists of seven members who are appointed by the Mayor of East Orange. The board works to ensure that all stakeholders—administrators, educators, and students—meet or exceed the district’s educational goals. Board members volunteer their time and expertise to set district policies, allocate budgets, set district goals and priorities, and hire and retain exceptional staff members.

2020–2021 Board of Education Schedule

An apple, clock, globe, books, glasses and pencils in front of a blackboardWe welcome your attendance at any of our regular board meetings, which take place at the Administration Building in Conference Room A, 199 Fourth Avenue, East Orange, NJ, unless otherwise specified. Please also view our annual meeting notice for more information.


Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021 (Budget Hearing)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021 (Annual Reorganization Meeting)
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021

District transformation

During the May 12 board meeting, we held discussions pertaining to the 2020–2021 District Transformation. The transformation of the district will be inclusive of the development of more PreK–8 programs as well as the movement of building administrators. This restructuring is part of a transformation process that is often done to avoid complacency and to prevent a sense of stagnation in both the principals and the teachers. As we look for ways to ensure significant gains that have not been seen over the past four to five years, these movements are being done to help leadership step out of their comfort zones, accept new challenges based on their strengths, and become the driving force for school improvement.

    East Orange Board of Education Members

    Terry S. Tucker
    Term in Office: 2020–2023

    About Terry S. Tucker

    Terry M. Swanson-Tucker is a dedicated and consummate professional specializing in fundraising, event planning, and executive concierge. With over fifteen years in government, political, and corporate management, Terry has combined her education, business acumen, creative talent, and experience to create Swantuck, LLC. Swantuck is a boutique service that creates and hosts events perfectly designed to meet the specific needs of the individual and the occasion.  

    Terry first discovered her passion and talent for fundraising and event planning while working for the Essex County Democratic Committee of NJ in the role of executive director. This propelled Terry to further get involved in community activities as both a volunteer and in appointed positions. These activities include organizations such as: Women Advocate for Good Government (WAGG), legislative direct liaison to Senator Nia Gill and Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, PTSA president of the Essex County Vocational and Technical School, member of the East Orange Recreation Advisory Board, and the Essex County Regional School Board (appointed).

    While working full-time, and a mother of four, she effectively managed to serve as an East Orange Democratic Committee woman, serve on the East Orange Recreation Advisory Board, be a founding board member of the East Orange Junior Jaguars Pop Warner Organization and the former president of the Kuzuri Kijiji Tenants Association. Terry was later elected to serve as a New Jersey Democratic State Committeewoman and has been recently appointed to the East Orange Board of Education. Terry recently obtained a degree in sociology and currently serves as executive committee member for the Essex Regional Board of Education.

    This active and involved mother of four is now also a grandmother of five. Time has only increased Terry’s energy, vision, and fortitude to make the state and the community a better place.  

    “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be” - Maya Angelou


    Marsha B. Wilkerson
    Vice President
    Term in Office: 2018–2021

    About Marsha B. Wilkerson

    Marsha Wilkerson was born in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Wilkerson parents later relocated to East Orange, New Jersey when she was in the 9th grade. Mrs. Wilkerson attended East Orange High School and participated in the color guard and several other programs supported by the school district but actualized in the city.

    After graduating high school, Mrs. Wilkerson furthered her education by attending Virginia State University. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Virginia State, Mrs. Wilkerson continued her education and enrolled in Seton Hall University where she received a master’s degree of science in educational media.

    Before retiring from the East Orange School District, Mrs. Wilkerson spent several years teaching at VLD, Costley, and East Orange High School. Mrs. Wilkerson also worked in the Orange School District as a media specialist where she developed the media standards with a team working on core curriculum content standards. Mrs. Wilkerson was responsible for the revamping and integration of technology at four of the schools within the Orange School District.

    Always interested in a new approach and innovative programming, Mrs. Wilkerson developed a relationship with the National Football Foundation and was able to successfully implement the “Play It Smart Program” for the Orange School District’s football team.

    Track and field has always been a magnet for Mrs. Wilkerson’s attention in the East Orange Recreation Department as well as within the East Orange School District with the Jaguars. Her involvement with the Junior Olympics and the East Orange Striders extends beyond 30 years.

    In the community, Mrs. Wilkerson is a member of the Arts Council of East Orange Board of Directors, Youth Ministry at New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange, and a board member at Harrison Park Owners, Inc.

    Education has always been the primary focus of both Mrs. Wilkerson’s professional and volunteer life. As we move forward, she contends that we are all charged and challenged with providing the very best for our educational community. Without exception, we are bound to work together as one body, moving in the same direction, giving our best, and expecting the best from all stakeholders.

    As William Ernest Henley states as he closes his poem “Invictus”:

    “It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate,
    I am the captain of my soul.”

    Mrs. Wilkerson’s goal is to continue seeking to effectuate excellence without excuses. 


    Darlene Clovis
    Term in Office: 2019–2022

    About Darlene Clovis


    Cameron B. Jones, Sr.
    Term in Office: 2020–2023

    About Cameron B. Jones, Sr.

    Mr. Jones, a 10-year East Orange resident, was appointed to the East Orange Board of Education in May 2008 and is serving a three-year term. As a member, he describes his primary agenda as maximizing the students’ experience and raising their levels of achievement and the attainment of their goals and aspirations. He believes that community involvement is essential in order for those goals to be reached. He sits on several board committees including legislative affairs, which he chairs, parental involvement, and CWA negotiations.

    Mr. Jones is the district office chief of staff for Speaker Oliver who made history in January 2010 when she became the first African-American woman to hold the top post in the New Jersey Assembly. He joined her staff in 2006 and works in the East Orange district office, which serves the constituents of the 34th Legislative District, which includes Clifton, East Orange, Glen Ridge, Montclair, and Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson). In his role, Mr. Jones has multiple responsibilities designed to fulfill Speaker Oliver’s goals and agenda for her legislative district. They include maintaining and managing the district office and coordinating constituent services and district activities. He serves as a liaison between Speaker Oliver and her constituents and works to ensure their issues and concerns are addressed. He serves as her representative at meetings and events and also coordinates her meeting and event calendar. 

    Mr. Jones is also a member of the Essex Regional Educational Services Commission (ERESC), and he serves as a volunteer with the East Orange General Hospital Community Outreach Program.


    Andrea McPhatter
    Term in Office: 2020–2021

    About Andrea McPhatter

    Andrea D. McPhatter has devoted her life’s ministry to serving children and youth at risk and is passionate about creating change in underserved communities. Over the last 16 years, Andrea has served as an elected government official and has worked within the public sector to create and support legislation, municipal infrastructure, programming, and services for families and children within New Jersey. 

    Andrea worked in the private sector for Fortune 500 companies such as Prudential, Pruco Securities, American Express, and Wyeth for 17 years. Her knowledge and statewide partnerships within government coupled with her experience, technical certifications, and education of A.S in business management and B.S. in information systems and marketing provide the foundation for strategic vision, management, and business acumen necessary to develop and implement scalable projects.

    Andrea is the president of Forever Solutions Corporation (MWB), an engineering development firm whose social responsibility commits to building partnerships with educators, community partners, and faith based organizations focused on reducing disparities in education, mental, and behavioral health for children within blighted communities such as East Orange, New Jersey.

    As the mother of three children, she is passionate as she serves on numerous boards, nonprofit, and community organizations such as The East Orange Board Of Education and Essex Regional Educational Services Commission.

    As a proud 25 year resident and home owner in the city of East Orange, Andrea continues to develop children and serves the community knowing by faith her stewardship creates seeds of change which is a catalyst for a brighter and better tomorrow.


    Tashia Owens Muhammad
    Term in Office: 2018–2021

    About Tashia Owens Muhammad

    Tashia Owens-Muhammad was born and raised in East Orange by her loving parents. Mrs. Owens-Muhammad attended neighboring city elementary and high school, played on the drum line for East Orange High School, and attends Calvary Baptist Church.

    After graduating high school, Mrs. Owens-Muhammad furthered her education by attending Virginia State University. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Virginia State, Mrs. Owens-Muhammad returned to East Orange, became a wife, mother, and would begin her now 20-year career with the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families Services.

    Mrs. Owens-Muhammad is a strong believer in the future of all children and knows that the best educational foundation is key.


    Wayne R. Stackhouse, Jr.
    Term in Office: 2019–2022

    About Wayne R. Stackhouse, Jr.

    Reverend Wayne R. Stackhouse, Jr. was reared in a single parent home by his mother, Alice J. Howard. His formative years were spent in the city of East Orange, NJ, for which he is a product of its educational system. He graduated from Clifford J. Scott High School in 1994. It was in high school that he participated in a variety of extracurricular activities. During his sophomore year in high school his training in ministry began, but was shortened, due to the untimely death of his pastor and mentor, the late Rev. Rubel Caldwell, Jr. His ability to play football combined with a successful academic tenure afforded him the opportunity to gain a football scholarship to Delaware State University. 

    On June 8, 1997, during his journey in undergraduate school he was licentiate as a gospel preacher by the Peaceful Zion Baptist Church of East Orange, NJ. Rev. Stackhouse would eventually graduate from Del State with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. After graduation, he returned to his hometown to begin his career as an educator. In 2006, he received his masters in educational leadership degree from Fordham University. Rev. Stackhouse, who is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and sits on the East Orange School District Board of Education, has served as a middle school math teacher, dean of students, and other roles of leadership in the East Orange, Newark, and Englewood Public School Districts. Currently, he serves as a vice principal for the Marion P. Thomas Charter High School of Culinary and Performing Arts. In May 2010, he received a masters of divinity degree from the Drew University School of Theology. He has also studied on a doctoral level in the field of organizational leadership at Regent University. Rev. Stackhouse served diligently as an associate minister for the Community Baptist Church of Englewood, NJ. Under the leadership and tutelage of Rev. Dr. Lester W. Taylor, Jr. on August 12, 2012, Rev. Stackhouse was ordained by the North Jersey Missionary Baptist Association to continue his strive in ministry. In less than a year following, on June 2, 2013, Rev. Wayne R. Stackhouse, Jr. was installed as senior pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Orange, NJ.

    His life has been filled with plenty of mistakes and mishaps. Like others, he has not lived a perfect life and his actions have caused plenty of calamities. However, despite his shortcomings he knows the Lord to be a forgiving God, "a very present help." God is not done with molding him and he stands in anticipation to see exactly where God is going to take him next on this journey.

    His life scripture comes from Galatians 6:9, “and let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” When all is said and done he relies on two words to encourage him…But God!