Councilman Fernando Irizarry
Fernando has been a life- long resident of Perth Amboy. He was educated in the Perth Amboy public schools and proudly graduated from Perth Amboy High School in 1979. After graduation he
In 1982 he received one of the greatest blessings of his life, his wife Vivian. Since then, their marriage was blessed with two beautiful daughters Erica and Jessica. Both of their daughters were educated in the Perth Amboy public schools and graduated from Perth Amboy High school. Erica is working at JFK hospital and attending Kean University. Jessica attended Georgian Court University and earned a master's degree in special education. attended Kean College, now known as Kean University. In 1985 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Fernando continued his studies at Kean University until he earned certifications in bilingual education and supervision and a master’s degree in instruction and curriculum.
From 1985 to September of 1993 Fernando was employed by my father’s company, A & I Drywall, Inc. Then in September of 1993 he began his teaching career in the Elizabeth Public Schools. His career has continued in the Woodbridge Public Schools, were he was employed as a science department head until the budget cuts of 2010.
Fernando’s community involvement began in 1991 when he was elected to the Perth Amboy Board of Education. During his nine year tenure he served on the curriculum, personnel, negotiations, and buildings and grounds committees. With his fellow board members he replaced crumbling schools, aligned the curriculum, approved balanced budgets and maintained a stable school tax. It was here where he learned the valuable lessons of disagreeing without being disagreeable and compromising without compromising my principles.
Upon becoming an ordained minister in 2002 his attention turned to the development of a different community – the community of saints. As a pastor of Flemington Christian Center and associate pastor of Perth Amboy Christian Center he endeavored to develop concerned citizens by helping his congregants to understand that they have a God-given potential to positively influence the world in which they live.