NJEA Members Making a Difference in NJ’s Public Charter Schools

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Welcome to the Jersey Educator Podcast, a show created by NJEA members … for NJEA members. Whether you are a teacher, an education support professional, or a New Jersey Student Education Association member, this show will serve as a platform to help YOU bring out the best in your students . . . each and every day in your schools. The shows are hosted by Jeff Bradbury of TeacherCast.net (@TeacherCast) and Jim Boice, a field representative with NJEA (@boiceinthehood). For more information, please visit njea.org/podcast and email us at podcast@njea.org.

In this episode, we welcome Jaime Valente and Willis Dunbar of the Teaneck Community Charter Education Association. Jaime is a music teacher and the local association president, and Willis is a 5th and 6th-grade social studies teacher.

About Our Guests

Willis Dunbar, a 5th & 6th grade Social Studies teacher of eleven years at the Teaneck Community Charter School, recognized a disparity between specific demographic groups in regard to academic achievement. As Willis continued further research, he decided to create a program that addressed the achievement gap through mentorship. This program would be called J.U.M.P. which stands for Junior Uplift Mentorship Program. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he received his Bachelors in English and his MAT in Secondary Education. Willis is also an Association Representative for TCCS' Upper School teachers.

Jaime Valente is the Director of Performing Arts at the Teaneck Community Charter School in Teaneck, NJ where he serves as classroom music instructor, vocal coach, and musical theatre director. He is a graduate of Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, and a Supervisor’s Certification.

Jaime is also an Organizational Development Consultant with the New Jersey Education Association. Jaime serves as a representative on the NJEA Public Charter School Members Workgroup and is the founding President of the Teaneck Community Charter Education Association.

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Jeffrey Bradbury, author of Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging With Your Students, is the creator of TeacherCast.netTeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today, is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, speaker, writer, broadcaster, consultant and educational media specialist. He is currently the Coordinator for Technology Integration for the Westwood Regional School District in New Jersey. In 2012, Jeff was recognized as one of top 50 educators using social media at the first ever Bammy Awards and has been nominated three times in the category of Innovator of the Year. Jeff has Keynoted for the Pearson Authentic Learning Conference, EdTechNJ and most recently at Columbia University's Teacher College and Podcast Mid-Atlantic.


Jim Boice is a field representative with the New Jersey Education Association. Prior to joining NJEA is 2012, Jim was a high school English teacher for ten years in the Pennsauken Township School District of Camden County, NJ.

About the author, Jeffrey Bradbury

Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!