Morristown Alumnae Member Is Education Trailblazer
By Aubree Ashtynn Dumas
The year 2021 ushers in the first African American to sit on the Board of Education of Hanover Township in Morris County, New Jersey. Newly elected to the position on Nov. 3, 2020, Dr. Lynda Lynn Wright, a member of Morristown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, explained that the desire for diverse representation fueled her mission to join the Board of Education.
“When I did not see any Black or Brown individuals on my town’s Board of Education, I said to myself, ‘we need representation.’ Representation, not just for my children, but for all the subgroups of students that attend in our district. I wanted them to see a face that resembled theirs,” Wright stated.
Wright often encourages her three sons to break barriers and make positive changes for the greater good. As a board member, she plans to practice what she preaches. In addition to enforcing policies, responding to the needs of the students, showing transparency, and gaining knowledge, Wright will endeavor to elevate students’ exposure to diversity in culture, music, and the arts. Ultimately, she hopes to raise awareness that everyone deserves and should be afforded a seat at the table.
“I recently had the pleasure to attend my first new-member orientation. The board members made a great impression. I look forward to being a part of a group of progressive, like-minded educators with a passion for investing in our students,” Wright shared. “I sincerely believe education is one of the most important tools that brings success and gratification. Overall, education is a platform that makes it possible to defeat all obstacles. The process and challenges can be grueling, but worth every moment.”
Wright’s passion for education runs deep. During the week, she serves as the executive director of Three Stages Childcare & Learning Centers in East Orange, New Jersey, where she advocates to improve learning opportunities for her students. A typical workday includes directing and leading 300 students and 60 employees after first prepping her own children for school.
Wright holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree in educational leadership and administration from Caldwell University and certifications as a school principal and administrator. She is in her second year with New Jersey Leader to Leader, a state-approved comprehensive mentoring and induction program for new school leaders.
When asked what experiences helped her to achieve her goals, Wright credited her parents.
“My parents imparted in me values, ethics, morals, love, joy, and hard work. They were inspirational. So, my experiences of high expectations and with positive role models as a young woman assisted me in reaching my goals of entrepreneurship, higher education, servant leadership, devoted wife, loving mother, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.”
Wright was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., at the Morristown Alumnae Chapter on Sept. 26, 2020. She actively supports Morristown Alumnae’s youth programs, always seeking opportunities to educate younger generations.
By Aubree Ashtynn Dumas The year 2021 ushers in the first African American to sit on the Board of Education of Hanover Township in Morris County, New Jersey. Newly elected to the position on Nov. 3, 2020, Dr. Lynda Lynn Wright, a member of Morristown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, explained that …