ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
Jose Rodriguez was born and raised in Elizabeth to immigrant parents who instilled strong values in him. One of the values ingrained into Jose was the notion that effort determines success. Jose believes that a strong educational base is part of the formula for that kind of success. As a ten year teacher of children with special needs, Jose realizes that we need strong, smart and caring leadership in the Elizabeth Board of Education.
Jose earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. He is certified by the state of New Jersey to be a School Leader and is currently pursuing his second Masters in Special Education. Outside of work, he coaches high school soccer and serves as influential mentor for many of the students in his school
Jose is part of the Elizabeth Coalition for Educational Accountability and the Union County STEP Program, where he helps to empower our youth. For all his life, working to improve the lives of youth has been a passion of Jose’s. It is this passion and drive that Jose will tap into in order to make informed decisions if he is elected on November 5 as a member of the Elizabeth Board of Education. He has the drive, focus, and ideas that is needed to meet the challenges of our next generation.