BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Guddia Singh, a mother of three, chef, and wellness coach, was selected from among four candidates Monday night to become the newest member of the Bernards Township Board of Education.
Singh will fill a vacancy on the board for remainder of 2021. She replaces Karen Richman, who resigned after serving seven and one-half years. Richman said she would be moving out of the district.
The other candidates considered by the school board were Nimish Amin, Carl Bird and Titus George.
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The full board heard the statements from all four, before recessing into executive session. Board members returned about one-half hour later to vote unanimously for Singh, who was immediately sworn in to serve through the remainder of the calendar year.
Singh, a culinary chef-instructor and wellness coach for the last nine years, has lived in the township the last five years, although she grew up in the area, she said. She is a corporate wellness executive and incorporates those principles in her local food business.
The mother of three has been a class mom and a Girl Scout troop leader, and was elected PTO president for William Annin Middle School this year. She said she has worked on school-related committees organized by the administration and is fully supportive of the board’s back-to-school efforts.
Amin, a corporate lawyer, stressed his abilities to work collaboratively and with teams to solve problems. He has lived in Basking Ridge since 2005, he said, and he and his wife have two children.
Bird, a teacher in the Watchung Hills school district, said he had lived within five miles of Basking Ridge all of his life. As a biology and special education teacher, he said, he strove to help young people become “the best versions of themselves.” He said he relished seeing youngsters’ “light bulb moments.”
Titus George, a dentist with a practice in Warren, said he believed strongly in shaping the next generation. He said he wanted to provide long-term guidance to help the younger generation gain education to become “citizens of the world” and lifetime learners.
Should Singh wish to serve beyond 2021, she would have to file with the Somerset County Clerk’s office to run in the November election.
Bird said he had already filed to be on the November ballot for one of four positions. Incumbents Ruchika Hira, Robin McKeon and Tim Salmon face re-election decisions, too.