Candidate for County Commissioner
Dr. Priscilla I. Ocasio-Jiménez
Priscilla Ocasio-Jiménez (“Dr. POC”) began her educational career as a Teacher of Spanish in the Vineland School District. She earned her undergraduate degree from Stockton University.
She joined Pittsgrove Township School District in 2001 in the middle school all while pursuing two Master’s Degrees from Wilmington University. In 2005, Dr. POC became the Assistant Principal of the Pittsgrove Township Middle School. The following year she was promoted to Principal of the Middle School where she served 12 years. During that time, Dr. POC obtained her Doctor of Education Degree in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. She currently serves as the Principal of Norma Elementary School in Pittsgrove, New Jersey. In addition, she is Pittsgrove Administrators and Supervisors Association (PASA) President (2021 – Current) – Focused on union member relations, presiding over meetings, negotiations, and more. She was previously, PASA President for two consecutive three-year terms until June 2015.
She finds time to remain active in many committees, including the committee for the Breast Cancer 5K health awareness annual event for P.R.A.C. of South Jersey and the Pittsgrove Township Arts and Education Foundation, an organization that supports scholarship and curricular opportunities for graduating seniors. Dr. POC has volunteered as a judge for B’nai B’rith International where high school students submit writings for the Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge for Southern New Jersey.
Dr. POC received the Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award from P.R.A.C. of Southern New Jersey and the “Men and Women that Transcend Global Leadership Award” from the Hand Foundation of Cumberland County. She was a Board of Trustee of Cumberland County College until the merger of what has become Rowan College of South Jersey. All of these achievements and experiences will allow her to support and contribute to the educational vision of the Commissioners of Cumberland County.
Priscilla is a longtime resident of Vineland. She earned her degrees and her Teaching Certificate all while raising her three children, daughter, Linda, son, Julio and his twin brother Jesus Jr, who is diagnosed with Autism. Her students, teachers, and civic partners admire Priscilla. She is skilled at working in collaboration with business, education and civic partners. She is a stand up person and a stand out leader.