Geography student wins seat on the Bergenfield school board

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 9:27am

Charles Ferrer, a senior in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, was elected on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to serve a three-year term on the five-member Bergenfield, New Jersey, Board of Education.

I was motivated to run for the school board back home in Bergenfield because the district impacted me a lot in a positive way that I only wanted to give back. Providing the best quality education for our students can only help to foster a better community for our future,"  Ferrer said, adding. "I am very honored to have the confidence of the citizens of Bergenfield to represent them on the Bergenfield Board of Education. I look forward to being a voice for all students while working with administrators and community members to provide the best quality education.”

Ferrer is majoring in geography with a minor in sociology. He has served as a teaching and research assistant for the past two years and has been a part of student government, representing over 1,200 students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. 

With his election, Ferrer will be the first Filipino and Asian-American to serve on the Bergenfield Board of Education and one of the youngest in the state. Ferrer will be sworn in early-January. Two seats were up for this cycle. Ferrer defeated one incumbent and two challengers. According to results from the Bergen County Clerk, Ferrer received the most votes with 2,325 followed by Trustee Ralph Messina who won reelection, receiving 1,907 votes.

Ferrer said he hopes to bring in a fresh, enthusiastic voice to the school board while bringing innovative ideas to the table. "I will work to increase visibility, improve transparency and expand opportunities to the school district," Ferrer said, adding "I bring a broad perspective and I hope to engage with every stakeholder in the Bergenfield Public Schools"

During his time as a student in the Bergenfield school district, his passion in meteorology prompted him to participate in a government program that certified him to be a storm spotter for the Borough of Bergenfield with the U.S. National Weather Service. He earned his certificate through the nationwide SKYWARN program in 2004. While in high school, Charles completed internships with the New York Philharmonic Archives and the New Jersey State Senate.

Ferrer was an active member of the music department, participating in the symphony orchestra and marching band. In 2009, he was honored to have served as the drum major for the internationally acclaimed Bergenfield High School Marching Band. Ferrer was the class president from 2005-2008. In 2009, he then became student council president and dually served as the president of the National Honor Society.

Over the years, Ferrer has interned at the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and the Congressional Affairs Office at the U.S. Census Bureau. His experience and exposure to public policy will bring a new and unique view to the Board.