Dr. Kimberley Harrington Markus

Executive Director for the New Jersey ASCD

Dr. Kimberley Harrington Markus, former New Jersey Commissioner of Education and recently retired educator of 30 years, currently serves as the Acting Executive Director of NJASCD.

Kimberley is known for her work advocating for students and serving the educators, parents, and community members supporting them. She believes the student voice must be at the forefront of every conversation in order for students to grow academically, emotionally, and physically to reach their maximum potential.

Throughout her career, Kimberley has always maintained a focus on the importance of the cycle of teaching and learning and its impact on improved outcomes for students. She continues to place an emphasis on building a strong climate and culture as a means of providing a solid foundation for sustainable progress and making a difference in children’s lives.

Kimberley is the mother of two sons and enjoys playing board games and reading in her free time. She is a strong believer in the role of the arts in brain development and she plays the flute, bass, and sings.

Kimberley has been recognized with many awards including: the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Arts Education, EdTech Hero Award, Boyer Outstanding Educator Award, and the College of New Jersey Advocacy Award. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Gordon College and a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from The College of New Jersey. She received her doctorate from Saint Peter’s University.