Thank you, Nellie!

Ms. Nelys Moyeno is an amazing public servant who has been meeting the needs of children and their families in the Hoboken Public School (HPS) district since 2007 as the Community and Parent Involvement Specialist. Nelys, affectionately known as Nellie, is often the first point of contact for family members inquiring about the Early Childhood Education Program. Nellie welcomes all community members with warmth and sincerity, never hesitating to field questions and offer reassurances regarding our youngest learners. What ultimately motivates her is ensuring that Hoboken’s children are receiving the best possible placement and educational experiences possible. You can see this firsthand as Nellie greets the children at the Joseph F. Brandt School with a big smile on her face and generous hugs.

Nellie was born at Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in Jersey City and is a lifelong resident of Hoboken. Nellie grew up in a family with three siblings. Her mother, Rose, worked in a coat factory and her father, Angelo, was a longshoreman. Nellie’s parents had a profound impact on her by instilling a deep sense of service to the community. Nellie learned the importance of faith from them and has passed along this tradition to her own children and grandchildren.

Nellie loved growing up in Hoboken. She has fond memories from her childhood: playing in the parks, going to little league games, and attending church. What she treasures most is the camaraderie and warm sense of family. Everyone knew each other and looked out for one another.

Nellie chose a career path that has centered around working in the community and offering support to those who need it. She has taken on many roles, including working at an insurance company and assisting individuals with filing claims. She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in the Admission Office and Emergency Room. She would dedicate her lunch time to visiting the elderly patients who did not have visitors. She worked for the Hoboken Board of Education, first in the Bilingual Department and later as the Parent and Community Involvement Specialist. In this capacity, Nellie helped to place children in the Early Childhood Education Program. She also engaged the community by organizing various family workshops, an effort deeply appreciated by the Hoboken Public School guardians and parents. She further encouraged parental and community involvement as a Co-Chair for the Hoboken Early Childhood Advisory Council (HECAC), an advisory group that supports the Early Childhood Education Program.

Nellie was a trailblazer in city government, opening up doors for women to take on leadership positions in Hoboken. Nellie served on City Council for eight years as an At-Large member and was elected as Council President in her last two years of service. Nellie was the first Hispanic woman to serve in this position. This was a true milestone for our mile square city and a great honor for Nellie’s family and the Hispanic community. Nellie is proud to have been part of a legislative body that improved the quality of life for Hoboken residents and for forging a path for more women to get involved in local government.

Nellie Moyeno is a thoughtful and caring staff member from the Hoboken Public School District who deserves recognition for her tireless efforts. She has truly lived up to these inspirational words: “You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others.” Please help us in wishing Nellie a wonderful retirement by thanking her for her service to the community.