Iran Mercado, BA

Founding Board Chairman

Iran Mercado, Sr. was born and raised in Camden, NJ. He attended all public schools, including Sumner Elementary, Morgan Village Middle School, and Creative Arts High School (currently known as Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy). Iran majored in Vocal Music, and graduated as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2010.

After graduating from high school, Iran furthered his education at the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C, where he studied English. He also became a member of the Society of Collegiate Black Men, an all-male organization at Howard University. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Howard, Iran became an educator in the D.C area at Baillou High School.


Yearning to give back to his community, Iran moved back to Camden in 2015, where he taught at Democracy Prep. Eventually, Iran became an ELA educator at Hatch Middle School, now known as Camden Big Picture Learning Academy. Iran currently teaches 7th grade English and serves as Grade Level Chair at Whittier Middle School.

Iran’s passion for education and contributing back to his community is like no other. He aspires to lead a school and lead a non-profit organization for future generations to come. Additionally, Iran is the father to a handsome baby boy named Iran, Jr. and and baby girl Nari. He is married to fellow Board member, Sharee Mercado. They plan to successfully contribute to youth boys, and it all starts here with BOSS Mentoring, Inc.

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
Frederick Douglass
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