The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 8 and there are five Cinnaminson residents running for office, including Christine Trampe for the Board of Education.
Trampe is on the ballot for a three-year term. She is running unopposed.
This candidate profile is the first of five this week for the Board of Education and township council candidates on this year’s ballot.
Voting information, including district locations, can be found here.
This is Trampe’s first run at a position on the Cinnaminson Township Board of Education, or any BOE for that matter.
“I’m not originally from the Burlington County area. I’m originally from the Washington Township area after moving to New Jersey as a middle schooler. I’ve been an administrator at all three grade levels; elementary, middle school and secondary.
For me, it’s a way to really be a part of my community and to help in a way in which I am familiar. I have three children myself. I think it’s important that some of the decision makers have children currently in the school system to understand the schools and the culture. With my background in public education, it was my primary reason to assist. I moved to Cinnaminson 12 years ago. It’s a way for me to give back as well.”
Trampe and her husband moved to Cinnaminson because of the school district.
“My husband and I selected to live in Cinnaminson based on the schools. It’s a district that is progressive and believes in advancing education. I’m very excited to be a part of that.”
Trampe stressed the importance of getting to know the other board members and the teachers in the district when serving on the school board.
“It’s important to become familiar with the board members and previous policies and current policies that are in place. I want to get to know all of the teachers. I have a direct connection with the parent community. Getting to know behind the scenes of the school district and what makes Cinnaminson unique from the operational standpoint is important.”
Trampe has been pleased with the instruction her three children have received at every grade level in the Cinnaminson school district.
“I have to say that I’ve never had a negative experience. Every teacher we’ve had has had high expectations, yet reasonable expectations for what students can learn and what students should learn. Their curriculum really allows each learner to reach their highest potential.”
Trampe praised how the teachers her children have had have been able to tap into their learning abilities.
“I have three kids and they’re totally different learners and different personalities, yet their teachers are able to tap in to what makes them unique and figure out how they learn best. That is a gift. I believe teaching is a gift. Good teaching is something to revel and appreciate. Anything I can do to foster that I’m excited to do.”
Trampe explained the confidence she has from year to year within the district when her children advance grades.
“The transparency of the good instruction. The teachers that I’ve experienced have been nothing but positive and provide honest feedback on how our kids can learn.
It’s a true community feel when I go to the schools in Cinnaminson. I feel that my children’s teachers care about their learning. They want them to succeed as much as my husband and I want them to succeed. It’s a team effort.”
Tomorrow we will bring you the profile for Board of Education candidate Jean Cohen.
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