LINDEN — Danie Orelien-Armstead, a teacher in the Linden public school district, was recently honored with an Award of Excellence from the Haitian Association of Rutgers University (HARU) for outstanding vision, dedication to education and commitment to her students and community.
As a community leader, Orelien-Armstead has worked for the New Jersey Immigration and Policy Network where she organized workshops to educate families in the Haitian community about their rights New Jersey’s Bilingual Education Code. She is also the co-founder and vice-president of Citizens for a Better Linden, a community-based organization whose mission is to provide educational services and assistance to families and individuals in order to improve the quality of life of the residents of Linden.
Orelien-Armstead is also the secretary and co-founder of the Haitian Alliance Relief Funds that assisted in the immediate and continuous efforts of rebuilding Haiti after the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.
“I can honestly say that I have the best job on earth,” said Orelien-Armstead , who believes that education is the most powerful tool we can use to change the world. “It is truly a blessing to have found one’s passion and true calling in life.” Each year her and husband provide a scholarship for two students from Linden High School.
Orelien-Armstead is a graduate of Rutgers University and past member of HARU. She holds two masters degrees in instruction & curriculum and educational leadership from Kean University. She teaches English as a second language and French. In October 2011, she was selected to serve on the Union County Professional Development Board, which is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the Union County School District’s improvement plan.
She currently resides in Linden with her family. She is married to Councilman Derek Armstead, who is currently Linden’s longest-serving elected official and the first African-American to win the Democratic Primary for Mayor in the city. She has four children: Brianna, 15, twin boys: Ryan and Ashton, 7 and Abigail, 6.
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