Posted by Wyckoff Schools Today at 2/17/2017
The beginning of the new year has brought two new members to the Board of Education. Daniel P. McHugh and Timothy Murtha were elected to replace incumbents Nicholas Mamola and Dr. Samir Taneja who did not seek re-election. The November election also saw the reelection of Christopher Della Pietra, who has held his post since 2012.
“I always say ‘actions speak louder than words’ and running for the Board of Education allowed me to demonstrate to my children the importance of putting yourself out there and being involved in organizations that have an impact on people's lives,” says McHugh, who has a daughter in Eisenhower Middle School and a son in Coolidge Elementary School.
McHugh is a 13-year resident of Wyckoff, has been active as a coach in numerous recreation sports, and is a field agent for the Knights of Columbus Insurance Agency. He has a Bachelor's of Science degree from Ramapo College and a Master's of Business Administration in Finance degree from Montclair State University.
Education is also something of his family’s vocation, he says, noting his wife’s career in education-related companies, and his sister’s role as a high school teacher, and a brother-in-law who has been a principal and assistant superintendent.
Murtha is a 15-year resident of Wyckoff and has five children who are current students or have already gone through Wyckoff’s schools. He is an options broker on Wall Street and is also certified as a high school business teacher and a middle school mathematics teacher.
He ran for the Board of Education because he saw a benefit in bringing together his various experiences. “I thought with my financial background (I was a options market maker on the floor of the exchange for 20-plus years before I became a broker) and limited educational background, I might be able to help out with the Board,” he says.
Murtha has a Bachelor's in Finance degree from Villanova University and a degree in Arts with a minor in Education from Ramapo College. He has coached recreation sports in Wyckoff for 15 years and currently coaches football, girls’ travel basketball, and boys’ lacrosse.