4th Annual Networking Event at Haven Nightclub in A.C
It's that time of year again! Join us for NJEA’s fourth annual Networking Event at Convention hosted by the NJEA early career member network. It’s on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.
Once again, we’re taking over one of the hottest nightclubs in the country, Haven, in the Golden Nugget. The event will run until 10 p.m. but make sure you show up by 8:30 p.m. with your Convention badge and photo ID.
Last year’s event saw hundreds of members networking, dancing, and enjoying some of the best food the Golden Nugget has to offer. A great way to meet members from all over the state and have an additional good time during convention. We’re sure this year’s event will be even better than!
The RSVP deadline is November 6, but don’t wait until then or you could miss out.
Congratulations to Doris Hall winner of
2016-2017 MEA Administrator of the Year Award
Congratulations go out to the following 2016 MEA Scholarship winners:
- Alex Bruman, whose parent is Gerald Bruman from Millville Senior High School, will be attending Rowan University and majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
- Paige Crain, whose parent is Nina Crain from RD Wood, will be attending the Cumberland County College and majoring in Communications.
- Matthew DiGiorgio, whose parent is Lisa DiGiorgio from R.M. Bacon, will be attending Stockton University and majoring in Physical Therapy.
- Stephen Haynes, whose parent is Stephanie Upham from Silver Run School, will be attending Cheyney University and majoring in Criminal Justice.
- Brock Lore, whose parent is Barbara Lore from R.M. Bacon, will be attending the Cumberland County College and majoring in Agribusiness.
- Dominick Merighi, whose parent is Maureen Merighi from Millville Senior High School, will be attending the Rowan University and majoring in Business.
- Chelsea Lauren Smith, whose parent is Maureen Smith from Holly Heights, will be attending the Saint Joseph's University and majoring in International Relations.
- Don R. Stahlberger Jr, whose parent is Lisa Stahlberger from Holly Heights, will be attending Rowan University and majoring in Computer and Electrical Engineering.
- Chad Whittmann, whose parent is Linda Wittmann from Rieck Avenue School, will be attending Rowan University and majoring in Journalism.
- Zachary A. Young, whose parent is Jeffrey L. Young from Lakeside Middle School, will be attending Widener University and majoring in Nursing.
Their parents should be proud of their accomplishments.
Pen cuts a new path for students
NEA president Lily Eskelsen García and NEA Secretary treasury Princess Moss and NEA Director ESP at-Large Ashanti Rankin with pen that President Barrack Obama used to sign into law, ESSA. ESSA replaces No child left behind law, NCLB.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney's views and position on the pension crisis at NJEA's Legislative Dinner, on 4/14/2015 at the Greenview Inn, in Vineland NJ.
MEA Election Results
Kristina (Tina) Hulitt
I am a candidate for the position of MEA President which I have held for the last year and would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the members of the MEA in this role. My Association background is as follows:
- 30 years as a Business/Technology Teacher at Memorial and the Senior High
- 27 years as an MEA Representative Council Member
- Served as a member of the Negotiation’s Team since 1988—one year as Action Team Coordinator
- MEA Office Assistant for 12 years
- MEA 2nd Vice President, MEA 1st Vice President, Currently MEA Membership Chair
- MEA President—2014-2015
- 20 years as a CCCEA Representative from the MEA
Currently serve as CCCEA Recording Secretary
Second Vice President
My name is Michael Edwards. I am a thirteen year veteran teacher at Millville Memorial High School. I have taught 8th, 9th, and 10th grade English, and am currently in my 7th year teaching the Read 180 program at Memorial. In addition to my work in the classroom, I have also worked in an advisory role for Yearbook, Gentlemen’s Club, and the 21st Century Grant. I have coached baseball for all thirteen years at Millville, and am currently in my 7th year as a Varsity Assistant. I have also coached football for several years at the Freshmen, JV, and Varsity levels. I am currently serving as the MEA 2nd Vice President and the MEA Grievance Chair. Through my involvement with the MEA, I have volunteered at several of our events, from the Santa Breakfast, to the holiday socials. In addition, I have worked closely with NJEA PRIDE and the American Cancer Society as the tournament director for our Millville Baseball Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. I have attended multiple NJEA Leadership conferences, including the last winter and summer conferences. At these conferences, I have worked in seminars covering grievance procedures and many other topics.
I reside in Millville with my wife, Ali and daughter, Finley.
Kristine “Kristi” Abel is the current MEA Corresponding Secretary and also serves as the Social Committee Chairperson and is a member of the Negotiations Committee. Kristi is a graduate of Millville High School and has earned her Bachelor’s degree and Substance Awareness/Student Assistance Counselor certificate from Rowan University. This is her 19th year of teaching and she is in her 18th year of teaching in Millville. Kristi is a Health & PE teacher and team leader at Lakeside, former H & PE teacher at Memorial High school and Head Cheerleading Coach and PE teacher at Silver Run. Kristi currently runs the Health & Phys. Ed. Club at Lakeside, she is a Member of the Wellness Committee, and performs many of the duties of an MEA building representative at Lakeside, such as being a liaison between our members and building administration, distributing information to the members, and being a presence in meetings between MEA members and Administration.
Kristi is in charge of planning and organizing all of the MEA social events such as the Christmas Holiday and End of the Year Socials, collecting donations for needy families from all schools in the district for Christmas, shopping for Christmas gifts for members' children/grandchildren for the annual Breakfast with Santa, coordinating the New Staff luncheon before the start of the school year, corresponding with members of the Board of Education, school administration, award recipients, and community for scholarships, fundraisers, and publicizing the projects and events of the MEA.
Kristi is a candidate for the position of Corresponding Secretary.
Members to Representative Council at Large
I am a fourth grade teacher of 18 years. I teach at Mount Pleasant. I have been a MEA rep. for seven years.
(Education Support Professional)
I am a paraprofessional at Child Family Center. I have been a para for 22 years in Millville. Working at Holly Heights in a special education room before moving to the preschool program. I am an active member of the MEA. I have represented Millville at the National Education Association Representative Assembly for 5 years. I am a building rep for CFC for the MEA. I am a Millville rep at the CCCEA. I am on the NJEA Educational Support Professional committee representing Cumberland County as well as on the NJEA Members Benefits committee also representing Cumberland County. I am on the Educational Support Professional Action Team working to fight privatization for our members. I am the chair person for MEA Pride committee. I also co-chair the grievance committee and handle Support staff grievance.
MEA Local Evaluation Committee - Alert
To: All Members of the Millville Education Association
Please follow this link and complete the observation rubric.
It is extremely important that we monitor the evaluation results to be sure the process is fair and accurate.
Congratulations to Eileen Roche as the CCCEA ESP of Year for 2015
She has 21 years in Millville—30 years in total.
Volunteers with—PAL, Saturday Morning Children’s program, 4-H Leader for over 15 years, “Shake a Leg” where she mends sails for boats and adapts configurations for those with handicaps, Walk for Cancer
Serves the MEA as a Member-at-Large on Executive Committee, Grievance, Pride, and Negotiations
Serves the CCCEA as our county representative on the following NJEA Committees—ESP and Member Benefits
AAA offers discounts to MEA Members
The program is for any current AAA member looking for a discount on their AAA membership, or for any employee looking to become a AAA member. The Millville Board of Education is currently part of the AAA account program, and has been an account since September 2013. Below are the links to AAA information. Any Millville Board of Education employee can take advantage of the AAA discount, this would be for current & new AAA members. The employees will need the Membership Flyer (which is attached), because it has the promotional code on it, so the employee can get the discount. Along with the Membership Flyer is a AAA Benefits Flyer (this explains what a person gets when they become a AAA member), and finally attached is a Basic/Plus Flyer (this explains the difference between the 2 types of memberships).
NJEA Letter Request
Feb. 24, 2014
Thank you for attending NJEA’s Legislative Conference on February 15. I hope you found it as rewarding as I did.
You may recall that Vice President Marie Blistan told you about a campaign to flood the State Board of Education with stories about how standardized testing and the new evaluation system are affecting our schools.
I asked everyone at the conference to submit a letter with your own story. If you haven’t already done so please follow this link<http://msg4svc.net/caxux/583953/67/229282/3330/0/S/0/0/tmrw.html> to submit your letter before March 3. We have over 700 letters already. I’m looking for more than 1,000 before we are done.
After you’ve submitted your letter, please share the link with colleagues and friends who can tell their own stories about what is happening in our schools.
Because of advocates like you, the tide is starting to turn on this issue across the country. Working together, we are making a difference here in New Jersey, too.
Thanks again for doing your part.
Wendell Steinhauer, President
New Jersey Education Association
Congratulations to Nancy Kittle who was awarded the Cumberland County Council of Education Associations (CCEA) 2013-2014 Educational Support Professional of the Year Award. The award was presented to Nancy by Dr. Moore, Tina Hulitt and Kathy Procopio.
Teachers at Holly Heights Elementary School reach out to others affected by Huricane Sandy
When you walk into the lobby @ Holly Heights Elementary School you can’t help but see a panoramic and brightly colored banner. The banner is from the Texas Avenue Elementary School in Atlantic City and was created by the third graders who attend Texas Avenue to say THANKS to the Holly Heights Family. The thank you banner is part of an ongoing relationship between Holly Heights and Texas Avenue that began in early November, 2012 amongst the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
It all began with a desire to reach out and help after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New Jersey shoreline. Ms. Green, a 4th grade teacher, her class along with Ms. Pang, the art teacher @ Holly created the “Rebuild, Restore, Rejoice the Jersey Shore” fundraiser. Students, their families,and staff could purchase a “shore house”, color it for display in the hallway. The proceeds were to go to a relief fund for the New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Terry, our music teacher, also dedicated the proceeds from the holiday concert to the cause.
The Student Council, spearheaded by Ms. Valeri and Holly Height’s Parents in Partners organization jumped into action too! The Millville Elks Post #580 also contributed to support our plan. This group effort raised nearly sixteen hundred dollars. The most logical choice to disperse the funds was the Red Cross. However, through a family member, Ms. Fredrick, one of the school counselors @ Holly, made a connection with another school counselor, Mr. Richard Price, from the Texas Avenue Elementary School in Atlantic City. The Texas Avenue School was devastated from flooding, as were the families whose children attend the neighborhood school. Most of the families were displaced from their homes, yet their children continued to come to school. What can not be overlooked is that three weeks after the storm, students were still coming to school in wet clothing.
Through conversations with Mr. Prince, I was introduced to a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist children in need throughout the world. The organization is called HOW GLOBAL (Hands on the World, Global). HOW GLOBAL was working directly with the Texas Avenue School organizing drives to provide food, clothing, blankets, and cleaning supplies. After researching the organization and speaking with the founder, Rachael Paulson, and her assistant, Hannah Lowery, it was decided to send the funds we raised to HOW GLOBAL indicating that the funds would go directly to the children of Texas Avenue Elementary School. Rachael and Hannah were adamant that we be involved in deciding how the funds we raised were spent. After many conversations between the counselors @ both schools, it was decided that personal items, i.e. crayons, tooth brushes, coloring/activity books, journals, pencils/pens, and most importantly something to carry it all in would make the most impact for the children. Hence the “Jersey Strong Backpack Project” was born. Working together with HOW GLOBAL, backpacks with the Jersey Strong Kids logo were purchased. A drive throughout the school and several financial donations brought in the items to fill the backpacks.
Finally we were ready to “stuff” the backpacks. Student council members, teachers and parents, worked after school to stuff 600 backpacks. A small group representing Holly Heights traveled to the Texas Avenue School on March 14, 2013 to deliver the backpacks. We were greeted by the entire third grade and presented with a beautiful banner that now hangs in our foyer. Every 3rd grade student at Texas Avenue had an opportunity to participate in the creation of one of the biggest thank you cards we had ever seen. More importantly we cultivated a lasting relationship with a “sister school” in need.
New Tenure Reform Legislation the governor signed into law
Please download the latest information on the new tenure reform legislation and NJEA endorsed candidates:
- 2012 Tenure Legislation Q & A [.doc format]
- 2012 NJEA Tenure Chart [.pdf format]
- 2012 Endorsed Candidates [.doc format]
MEA Social a big success.
This year's social was a great success. Members enjoyed a wonderful dinner and got to socialize with each other. They also helped Millville students by providing gifts for students in need. Check out the photos here.
NJEA Classroom Closeup Feat Mt. Pleasant School Program
New Jersey Education Association's Emmy winning show will air February 19 and March 25 featuring Mt. Pleasant Elementary School's DARE 2 Be Fit Program. Spear headed by Patti Robbins it is a fitness and nutrition program through the Millville School District. DARE 2 Be Fit is a year long program which takes place one day a week, one hour before school begins. Many of the fitness principles taught are incorporated with healthy nutritional concepts and habits. The focus of the program is to begin to have children learn by doing and take these concepts, games, and messages out to their friends and families. The DARE 2 Be Fit program is available to 3rd through 5th graders at 6 different schools. Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year there will also be a 6th grade program at Lakeside Middle School. This program will be open to all students in the am hours. The DARE 2 Be Fit program has 3 main goals:
- Promote Healthy Lifestyles through improved fitness and nutritional knowledge
- Incorporate families in the education process
- Empower students to take charge of their health and feel successful Improve Academic Performance due to better physical conditioning.
New procedure for Division of Pension and Benefits effective now
Eligible TPAF and PERS members must submit loan requests online through the MBOS (Member Benefits Online System). If you are not a registered user, log-on to http://state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/mbosregister.htm to register. If you need assistance registering call the MBOS helpdesk at (609) 777-0534 or email with the subject line "MBOS E-Mail" to firstname.lastname@example.org