EDISON — Gail E. Engel of Edison has joined the Board of Education of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District. She was appointed by the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders to a four-year term and attended her first meeting on April 10. She takes the seat on the board that formerly was held by Stanley Baguchinsky, who has moved out of the county.
A lifelong resident of Middlesex County, the former Gail Kimball is the mother of two adopted sons. She is a native of Woodbridge Township and is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She also attended Middlesex County College.
Engel is a 25-year veteran of the advertising and marketing fields and is currently a marketing representative for Servpro of Edison, a company specializing in fire, water and mold restoration. Her business experience has included budgeting, purchasing and managing staff.
“I want a way to give back to the community,” she said. “I have been involved as a parent in the special education side of education.”
Engel said she feels her experience in budget and building matters will help her in her new role.
“The whole way that they teach now – to a child’s strengths – is a great thing,” she said. “I wish some of these programs were available when I was younger. It’s fantastic.”
“We welcome her to the board,” said MCVTS Board of Education President John F. Bicsko Jr. “I’m sure she’s going to be an asset, and I hope she will be with us for a long time.”
Engel and her husband, Robert Engel, are the parents of Bobby, 12, whom they adopted from Ukraine, and Jacob, 8, who was born in Siberia.
The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first vocational school district in the nation, has seven schools on five campuses, in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge.
Perth Amboy Vo-Tech was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2012, and the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison was singled out as one of the nation’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report, receiving Gold Medal honors in the magazine’s ranking for 2013, while the Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge received Bronze Medal recognition.
In addition, New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked the Edison Academy fourth in New Jersey in its first survey of the state’s vocational high schools. The Edison Academy and the Woodbridge Academy were ranked first and second among all Middlesex County public high schools by Inside Jersey magazine, a publication of the Star-Ledger. The district will mark its centennial in 2014.
Connect with NJTODAY.NET
Join NJTODAY.NET's free Email List to receive occasional updates delivered right to your email address!