Leadership Convention Speakers

Our 2022 Leadership Convention is jammed-packed with engaging and educational speakers-

Anna King – National PTA President

Anna King has over 20 years of leadership experience at all levels of PTA, including Oklahoma PTA President. She was elected President-Elect of National PTA in June 2019 and became President in June 2021. At the local level, she serves as a secretary for the Douglass High School PTSA and is a Board Member of the Douglass Law and Public Safety Academy. She loves volunteering in the high school in her community and working beside the students as they use their voices for change. In addition to PTA, Anna is also involved in many community activities, she is the OK-MDA School Safety co-lead, member of the WestEd Advisory Board and equity advisory member for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. She and her husband Glenn are co-owners of a family mobile catering business. Anna is a dedicated and passionate child advocate and is a mother of three and proud Nana of ten. She believes everything is possible for all children and being an inclusive association is key to better serve the many families and communities across the country.

Angelica Allen-McMillan, Ed.D. – Acting Commissioner,

New Jersey Department of Education

Acting Commissioner Allen-McMillan is a proud product of a New Jersey public school education. She is also a passionate educator and an inspirational public speaker. A Cedar Grove resident, she began her career in education as a substitute teacher in Essex County and taught in East Orange Public Schools before she launched the Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark. She served as an assistant principal and principal in the South Orange-Maplewood School District, and as an assistant superintendent in both Irvington Public Schools and Newark Public Schools. Most recently, Acting Commissioner Allen-McMillan served the New Jersey Department of Education as the Interim Executive County Superintendent for Morris County. A parent of three, Acting Commissioner Allen-McMillan has also served on the Montclair Board of Education, where she focused her expertise in the area of special education. She also volunteered as a PTA Executive Board member while her children were in elementary school, coordinating fundraising efforts and promoting parental involvement in all facets of school.

Theresa Maughan – 21 – 22 State Teacher of the Year

Theresa Maughan is a high school Social Studies teacher at East Orange STEM Academy in East Orange. She represents New Jersey as the 2021-2022 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and credits her longevity as an educator to her life-long commitment to professional development and the camaraderie and collaboration embedded in her professional learning communities. She teaches because she wants to help her students become the best version of themselves, become upstanders, not bystanders, and become lifelong learners. Theresa grew up in Hudson County and earned her bachelor’s degree in history and education from Rutgers College in 1981. She earned a master’s degree in administration and supervision from New Jersey City University. She is currently completing another master’s degree in American History from Pace University. Theresa’s forty-year career as an educator has enabled her to demonstrate to her students how they can make a difference in the world. Theresa lives in Randolph, New Jersey with her husband of thirty-three years. Both her daughter and her son are graduates of The College of New Jersey, and her daughter is a special education teacher in New Jersey.

Lawrence S. Feinsod, Ed.D., Executive Director,

NJ School Boards Association

Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, an educator and public school advocate for more than 40 years, was selected as the eighth Executive Director of the New Jersey School Boards Association in September 2012. As executive director, Dr. Feinsod manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, which is one of America’s largest school boards associations. NJSBA is a federation of the state’s 581 local boards of education and includes 81 charter schools as associate members. Dr. Feinsod has served as the superintendent of schools in the Cranford, Madison and Mount Arlington school districts. From 2008 to 2012, he was the state Department of Education’s executive county superintendent for Essex County, assisting and overseeing 23 school districts with a student population of approximately 130,000. He began his career as a special education teacher in Linden. In addition, he served for approximately 20 years as a member of the Board of Education of the Morris-Union Jointure Commission, including a term as the board’s president. Dr. Feinsod and his wife, Sharon, reside in West Orange. They have two adult daughters.

Fidelia Sturdivant, Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, NJ Principal and Supervisors Association

Fidelia Sturdivant is a career educator and administrator who worked with children from preschool to high school. A newly retired principal, Ms. Sturdivant’s career focused on serving and educating students in the East Orange School District for over 30 years. Ms. Sturdivant received her Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia State University and her Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Seton Hall University. Additionally, she continued her postgraduate education at Kean University. Fidelia held the following leadership positions: President of the East Orange Administrators Association, President of the New Jersey Principal and Supervisor Association, New Jersey State Representative for the National Association Elementary School Principals, New Jersey State Board of Examiners and Trustee for Bethel Baptist Church. Ms. Sturdivant received the East Orange YMCA Minority Achievers Award and was inducted into the East Orange Hall Of Fame. Ms. Sturdivant was the recipient of the Shirley Chisholm Award presented by our current Lieutenant Governor Shelia Y. Oliver.

Maura Baker – Student Representative to

NJ State Board of Education

Maura Baker epitomizes the character, empathy and leadership that parent leaders seek to impart to their students and continue on their path of life-long learning. Baker, a 16 year-old junior from West Orange High School in Essex County is the current Student Representative to the New Jersey State Board of Education. As a teen who lives with dyslexia, Baker has used that lifelong diagnosis as a launchpad to enlighten others about the neurologically-based condition. “One thing I really want people to understand is that having a learning difference or a learning disability doesn’t mean that you can’t learn, or that you’re not smart. It just means you may have to work a little harder to learn in some cases,” said Baker. Baker focuses on abilities, rather than disabilities. She founded a blog, website and Twitter account called Smart Kid — Mad Myths, where she provides students with information about the importance of time management, communicating their needs, staying academically sharp during the summer, understanding personal learning differences, and seeking classroom accommodations that might help. Her goal is to improve all student experiences in New Jersey, both academically and emotionally.
A Conversation on How Local School Districts are Governed

Lunch and Learn Panel Moderator –

Ray Pinney – Director of County Activities and Member Engagement, NJ School Boards Association

Lunch and Learn Panelist-

Kerri Wright – School Board Member, Chester Twp BOE

New Jersey State School Board Member of the Year

School Board Attorney

Lunch and Learn Panelist –

Dr. Peter Highes – Superintendent of the Haworth School District 

Former School Board Member