Candace Gabbard

Candace Gabbard retired after 31 years in the Orange School district as a teacher and central office administrator. She received her post graduate degree at Seton Hall University. In her administrative capacity she worked hand-in-hand with the community to spearhead such district initiatives as Community Schools, CyberCamp, Saturday Discovery Program, Saturday Arts, Scholar’s Academy and Hydroponic Greenhouse. In addition she secured several million dollars in grants for district programs, often partnering with community organizations. She also headed six departments within the system including the Early Childhood Program that offers quality free Pre-K for all 3 and 4 year olds in Orange. Candace was on the founding board of ValleyArts and represents the Superintendent of Schools on the Orange Public Library board. She is currently the Acting Executive Director of ValleyArts.

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