Paula Jones-Watson (1F) – Younass Barkouch (2F) – Natalia Ioffe (3F)

“Through their experience and actions advocating in their community, these candidates have proven to us that they have the commitment, the vision and the experience to become effective Jersey City Public School Board Members – and our membership will be committed to putting in the work to make sure they will have the opportunity to do so.”

Jersey City Education Association (JCEA)

Paula Jones-Watson

Paula Jones-Watson is a native of Jersey City and educated in the Jersey City Public Schools. She is a retired educator from the Jersey City Public Schools after 34 years of service and an adjunct professor for 22 years at Hudson County Community College. During her tenure Paula has served in various capacities, such as classroom teacher for both grammar and high school, head teacher of the former Title One program at PS 24, administrator of after school program (Lincoln High School), Special Ed Coordinator (LHS) and District Inclusion Specialist.

Paula began serving the community in the mid 70’s under the mentorship of the late Izetter McDuffy. She has successfully raised money for scholarships through Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, as well as, the Late Rev. Dr. Charles T. Epps Scholarship Banquet, and serves the community with the BITE Organization. She is also a trustee at Zion Baptist Church.  

Paula states, “As a stakeholder of Jersey City, I have a commitment to JCPS. My experience allows me to utilize my gift of time and willingness to advance the mission of the JCPS.”

Younass Barkouch

Younass Mohamed Barkouch is a first-generation college student and the eldest of five children to Moroccan immigrants who came to the United States to pursue the American Dream. He is a proud product of the Jersey City Public School system and an alumnus of Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic high school. Younass attended Rutgers University as an Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) scholar and earned his Bachelor’s of Science from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and School of Arts and Sciences.

Younass participated in the Alan Grossman Interdisciplinary Research Team Fellowship and received funding to investigate educational equity and factors contributing to educational inequity in Jersey City public high schools. His research compelled him to propose a mentoring initiative that follows the model of success from President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the New York City Success Mentors Corps to combat educational inequity in JCPS.

Natalia Ioffe

Natalia Ioffe is a first generation immigrant from post-Soviet Ukraine, living in the US since 1992. She is a product of Philadelphia public schools and has a degree in International Management from Pace University. She worked as a Mortgage Processor at the United Nations Federal Credit Union, before settling in Jersey City in 2005, with her husband and two children- both JCPS students.

Natalia served as a parent council leader at P.S.16. Under her leadership the non-profit revenues of the parent association grew from $15K to $250K/year to support school and community needs. A firm believer in “raising leaders” she trains new parent council teams in non-profit operations and understanding district policies as it pertains to public school support and advocacy.

Natalia serves her local community by volunteering with various groups such as Center St. Block Association, Greenville Neighborhood Alliance, Friends of Gateway Park and Van Vorst Park Association.

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