Divisions & Offices
Our agency provides several services – from teacher certification to information about per-pupil spending – to achieve our mission and vision. Find out more information about our divisions and individual offices below.
Division of Academics and Performance
Comprised of the Offices of Standards; Career Readiness; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Innovation; and Professional Learning, the Division of Academics is charged with supporting implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in New Jersey School Districts; providing multiple educational opportunities for students; and empowering educators.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner: Diana Pasculli
Comprised of the Offices of Assessment; Performance Management; Recruitment, Recognition and Preparation; and Certification and Induction, leads the development of state assessments, educator preparation and school performance reports.
Division of Early Childhood Education
Assistant Commissioner: Cary Booker
Deputy Assistant Commissioner: Tonya Hall Coston
The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) has programmatic responsibilities for all state-funded preschool programs and all kindergarten through third grade programs housed within two offices: The Office of Preschool Education and the Office of Kindergarten to Third Grade Education. Five additional functions serving birth-to-three statewide programs are housed in the DECE: The Office of Head Start Collaboration, the NJ Council for Young Children, the Early Learning Commission, the Interdepartmental Planning Group, and collaborative operations with all other state departments serving NJ’s young children and their families.
DECE’s mission is to enhance the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development of New Jersey's young children from preschool through third grade by supporting the implementation of high-quality, developmentally appropriate, comprehensive programs and services that address the needs of the whole child.
Division of Executive Services
Assistant Commissioner/Chief of Staff: Kellie LeDet
Deputy Assistant Commissioner/Deputy Chief of Staff: Kim Walker
Executive Services oversees special projects for the Governor and the Commissioner and coordinate Department initiatives across divisions.
Deputy Chief of Staff: Dodi Price
Administrative Services partners with DOE employees to provide collaborative customer service to ensure that the Department builds and retains a highly skilled and diverse workforce. It also oversees facility and emergency management, provides printing and graphics services, and manages distribution services.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner: Kim Walker
This unit strategically advances the Commissioner’s and Governor’s agenda by timely distribution and deliberate promotion of messaging and materials to enhance the department’s mission; assisting in, or supporting, the creation of tools and resources necessary to be a model organization; ensuring all fiscal transactions comply with federal and state law and regulations; serving as a central point of information and developing key activities that strategically connect stakeholders of the NJDOE to initiatives, programs, and resources linked to student, and family services
Executive Legal Affairs Officer: Salma T. Chand
Legal Affairs is charged with assisting the New Jersey School Ethics Commission; supporting the Commissioner in fulfilling responsibilities related to the contested case process; disputes under school law and regulations; enforcing laws that governs the ethical conduct of school officials; enforcing the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Work Place; and ensuring that all employees are aware of and comply with state ethics laws, regulations, and executive orders. The Executive Legal Affairs Officer’s primary responsibility is to provide general support and guidance to the Commissioner, the Chief of Staff, as well as the various divisions/offices within the Department in coordination with the Attorney General’s Office.
Deputy Chief of Staff: Colleen Schulz-Eskow
Legislative Affairs coordinates the Department’s responses to state and federal legislation and fulfills the responsibility of the Department to interact with State Legislature, the federal government, and other governmental agencies and interest groups. The Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools is the sole charter school authorizer in the state and is responsible for ensuring charter and renaissance schools are providing New Jersey students with a high-quality public education.
Division of Field Services
Provides supports to district and school leaders and teachers to ensure all students are meeting the requirements of state and federal requirements and utilizing resources effectively in pursuit of high levels of student achievement.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner: Daryl Minus Vincent
Deputy Assistant Commissioner: Katherine Gallagher
Deputy Assistant Commissioner: Kerlyn Espinal
Latino and Hispanic Heritage Commission
Division of Finance
Assistant Commissioner/Chief Financial Officer: Kevin Dehmer
Deputy Assistant Commissioner: Glenn Forney
Provides fiscal and operational support to the Department and to districts in the form of expertise, guidance and related technical assistance, in an effort to maximize the Department's and districts' financial resources in providing a thorough and efficient education.
Division of Student Services
Assistant Commissioner: Peggy McDonald
Deputy Assistant Commissioner: A. Charles Wright, Ed.D
Oversees support services for all students including Special Education students, and supplemental educational programs emcompassing programs for bilingual, disadvantaged, homeless, immigrant, and migrant students. The Division also provides professional development on supports and interventions that are integrated and improve achievement and outcomes for all students.