Mary Ann Kjetsaa
  • Dr. Mary Ann Kjetsaa looks forward to joining the Garwood Board of Education and working with her fellow Board members to assure that the children of Garwood receive the best possible educational experience, preparing them for their future endeavors. She holds BA and MA degrees from Montclair State University and a doctorate in Education Administration from Seton Hall University and comes to the Board with previous Board experience having served twice. Dr. Kjetsaa has enjoyed living in Garwood for more than 40 years and is retired from a career as an educator and administrator in a K-12 school district.

    During previous service on the Board, Dr. Kjetsaa participated on a variety of Board committees, sub-committees, and took part in numerous New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA) training opportunities.  She continues to pledge active oversight of the educational system through attendance at Board meetings, serving on committees and asking safety/security, budget, program, curriculum, and education based questions. She seeks to increase information to and engagement of the community and parents. To that end, she has been serving as a member of the public on the Website Committee.

    During her career in education she had training in and participated in Strategic Planning as well as acted as a chair and co-chair for several Strategic Planning committees. She was on the Garwood Board when the Board decided to move forward with the Strategic Planning process. She looks forward to being a part of that process and to assist in the development of a comprehensive long range plan to guide the focus of education and budgeting, including input from the community, parents, staff, and administration. Dr. Kjetsaa is excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board and believes that her education background as well as her experience in both the educational setting and on the Board will be useful during her current Board service.

    Finally, we are educating the future generations for careers that will certainly be different than today. During decision-making, the Board needs to keep this in mind. We need to inspire our children and engage them in learning opportunities that foster curiosity and provide experiences, allowing them to collaborate, problem-solve and innovate. At the end of the day, the most important part of education is providing opportunities for our children to learn and be successful.