Dr. Kimberley Harrington Markus

Former NJ Commissioner of Education
14 Spring Valley Road
United States


Kimberley Harrington Markus, former New Jersey Commissioner of Education and recently retired educator of 30 years, currently serves as the Acting Executive Director of NJASCD as well as CEO of Education Advisors LLC.

Kimberley is known for her work advocating for students and serving the educators, parents, and community members supporting them. She believes the student voice must be at the forefront of every conversation in order for students to grow academically, emotionally, and physically to reach their maximum potential.

Kimberley worked as a classroom teacher in New Jersey for 16 years and taught all grades from kindergarten to eighth grade. She then served three years as director of curriculum and instruction. Finally, she served as the Chief Academic Officer at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) prior to her role as the Commissioner of Education.

Throughout her career, Kimberley has always maintained a focus on the importance of the cycle of teaching and learning and its impact on improved outcomes for students. She continues to place an emphasis on building a strong climate and culture as a means of providing a solid foundation for sustainable progress and making a difference in children’s lives.

Kimberley has been recognized with many awards including: the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Arts Education, EdTech Hero Award, Boyer Outstanding Educator Award, and the College of New Jersey Advocacy Award. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Gordon College, a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from The College of New Jersey, and a Doctorate from Saint Peter's University.


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