ABOUT THE HACKENSACK SMART SCHOOLS TEAM
Michael Oates is a father of three and a Lieutenant in the city's Fire Department (Engine #2). His wife, Toni Imperiale, is an attorney and they have three children, ages 12, 10, and 8, currently in the Hackensack public school system (Fairmount School and HMS).
Proving his commitment to the youth of the city, Michael serves as the Vice President of Hackensack Baseball and coaches his children's baseball, softball, and basketball teams. He is also the President/Co-founder of the Bergen County Emerald Society.
As a public safety specialist, Michael believes that safety should be a priority in Hackensack schools. If elected, he would implement a comprehensive overhaul of the district's harassment, intimidation, and bullying policy and mandatory training for teachers and staff. Michael would also prioritize renovations in the school's facilities to address student safety and overcrowding issues.
Anthony Rodriguez is a father of three and a sales manager at a Fortune 500 telecommunications company. He has two kids, ages 7 and 13, currently in the Hackensack school system (Fairmount School and HMS) and another son, Chris, who is a senior at Kean University and an HMS/HHS alumnus.
In his spare time, Anthony teaches CCD classes and is a leader at Holy Trinity Church in Hackensack. As a teacher, Anthony readies 7th & 8th grade students for their confirmation.
If elected, Anthony will prioritize bringing back enrichment programs, sports & recreation programs, and other after school activities. Anthony would also seek a significant upgrade of school facilities and technology.
Christopher Coleman is a trial attorney and a father of three. He is the Senior House Counsel at National General Insurance and received his JD from the New England School of Law (admitted to the bar in D.C., MD, & NY). His three children, ages 7, 11, and 13, attend Hackensack public schools (Fairmount School and HMS) and were born at HUMC.
Chris' wife, T.J., attended Fairmount Elementary School and is a Director at American Express. Chris is an active member of the Englewood-Teaneck chapter Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. and leads various service, mentoring, and scholarship activities in the Englewood/Teaneck/Hackensack area.
Chris believes that Hackensack students need to be better prepared to compete in the 21st century. If elected, his focus would be to improve the school's curriculum and facilities to give students better career and educational opportunities, including investments in STEM education and the arts and bringing back free SAT and ACT prep classes for high school students.