After 17 years as a local board of education member, Dr. Karen Cortellino still gets “goosebump moments,” when she is reminded of the profound satisfactions of serving as a board member.

In May, the Montville board member was elected president of the New Jersey School Boards Association, after serving four years as its vice president for legislation/resolutions and as president of the Morris County School Boards Association.

“…When I am at a school board meeting and the fifth-grade choir is invited … or when I have front-row seats at a high school graduation and watch seniors walk across the state to receive their diplomas—it’s those goosebump moments that are priceless,” Cortellino said.

The new issue of School Leader magazine features an interview with Cortellino, who talks about her journey, the challenges that board members face, and her hopes for the Association over the next two years.

ChatGPT, School Construction and Finding the Teachers of Tomorrow The issue also features a story about how New Jersey schools are coping with the arrival of artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT; a roundtable conversation with architects, who discuss inflationary building costs and trends in school design; and two articles that focus on nurturing the teachers of tomorrow.

Other articles in the issue include a sneak preview of Workshop 2023, a piece on the legal aspects of board member participation in social media, and a look at NJSBA Connection, the Association’s newest member feature, an online platform where board members can hold discussions and share ideas and best practices.

School Leader magazine, published four times a year, is available online here and is mailed to all board members.

Read the latest issue.