The Sussex County Education Association (SCEA) is a group of elected and appointed NJEA members that work in Sussex County, NJ. Our goal is to provide communication between NJEA and it’s local organizations, keep the membership informed and provide development of teachers and Educational Support Professionals, ultimately benefiting the children of Sussex County.
Thank you for all that you have been doing for our students and communities. We continue to be here for you. In addition, please utilize the resources available on the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) website www.njea.org. We will make it through this together.
Have a healthy, safe & relaxing summer!!
Association Information, Updates & Happenings:
- Nominations for the 2021 NJEA ESP of the Year Award are now being accepted. Local nominations are due to SCEA no later than September 11, 2020. Please click on the following link to obtain application guidelines and the local nomination form: https://www.njea.org/nominations-accepted-esp-awards/
- Congratulations to this year’s Iva Valler and Kathy Del Ben Scholarship recipients! Each of our scholarship recipients plan to pursue a career in education. Our Iva Valler Scholarship recipient is Emily Valentino a Newton High School Class of 2020 graduate & our Kathy Del Ben Scholarship recipient is Carly Rigby a Kittatinny Regional High School Class of 2020 graduate. Congratulations & Good Luck to Emily & Carly!
- On Friday, June 5, some of the SCEA officers and executive committee members made the final delivery of snacks to Newton Memorial Hospital as made possible by NJEA PRIDE funding. A special thank you to Susan Davis for her work as the county PRIDE chair and for making the purchases and arrangements, so we could support our essential hospital workers!
Please see the message Newton Memorial Hospital shared with us below:
Thank You to Our Community –
On behalf of everyone at Newton Medical Center, we want to express our gratitude to our incredible community for your tremendous generosity during this pandemic. The outpouring of food donations, monetary donations and urgently needed medical equipment made a tremendous difference, to all of those who have been working tirelessly on the front lines, battling COVID-19.
Your words of encouragement kept us strong and able to fight this pandemic with courage and compassion. Your support has been overwhelming and has demonstrated the strength of our community: coming together to care for our patients.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to you and to all the individuals, businesses and community organizations who have shared their time, talents and gifts to show their appreciation for our caregivers. Words cannot express how appreciative we are of the outpouring of kindness and support.
We consider it our privilege to be here to care for you and your family. As always, your gifts to the Foundation truly make a difference, and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead.
Stay safe and be well!
With deepest gratitude,
Chief Development Officer
Newton & Hackettstown Medical Center
Manager, Donor Relations
Newton Medical Center Foundation
- On Friday, May 29, members of the Sparta Education Association (SEA) Executive Committee provided food to our essential workers at Newton Memorial Hospital. This was made possible through a NJEA PRIDE Grant obtained by the SEA. Way to go!
- Our NEA Retirement Specialist, Eric Lindstrom, is offering a Pension and Retirement Workshop to our members. During the session, he will review the state pension plan formulas and payout options, explain what a voluntary 403(b) program is and how it works as well as discuss tools available to you that can identify potential retirement income shortfalls. He will also address the current situation with the markets and share strategies that you can use to help manage the volatility.Whether you have just started your career or you are nearing retirement and have questions or concerns, I urge you to join the webinar workshop to gain a better understanding of your retirement and how the current crisis is affecting it.To join the webinar, you must register. Please click the link below.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Wednesday, June 10th @ 3:30 PM
- Congratulations to our Sussex County NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education 2020-2021 Grant recipients: In My Shoes, I am Ready to Choose, $4,000, Hopatcong Education Association (Danielle Kovach, Jennifer Neu, Linda Aviles, Amanda Maliszewski) and Sensory Garden and Mindful Peace Garden, $10,000, Vernon Township Education Association LisaHirkaler, Anne Larlee, Samantha Hogan, Susan Discorfano-Catania, Laura Merck, Cathy Toth, Jeanette Emmerich, Tracy Powell, Alexis Horniak, Joseph Janus, Dominick Demsak, Stella Foco, Sarah Jane Labasoure, Kate Romeo).
- Sussex County Education Association Covid Pride Event organized by SCEA Pride Chairperson, Susan Davis: We were very happy to have honored the staff at Newton Medical Center. Newton Medical Center has been providing care to the people of Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey, Pike County in Pennsylvania and southern Orange County in New York since 1932. SCEA provided dinner on Saturday, April 26 and dinner on Wednesday, April 29th. The staff enjoyed 200 sandwiches from Hayek’s Market in Newton. NJ. These are our essential workers and front line responders. “THANK YOU! We are staying home so you stay safe!” Susan Sawey, SCEA President
In addition, on Monday, May 18, Gillian Raye ( SCEA Vice President), Debbie Simmons (SCEA Treasurer), and Stacy Yanko (SCEA Webmaster) joined Susan Davis (SCEA Pride Chair and NJEA Executive Committee member) in thanking Hayek’s for working with us on feeding essential workers at Newton Memorial Hospital. We also delivered grab and go snacks for the medical staff at Newton Memorial Hospital along with a thank you sign. Dawn Sullivan, Special Events Coordinator, worked with Susan Davis to coordinate the delivery of the meals and snacks provided through our NJEA Pride Grant.
- VTEA president, Scott Berge presenting the owners of The Tracks Deli, Kevin and Scott, with a donation from our association. Please frequent this wonderful establishment. They have provided lunches for MANY Senior Citizens DAILY for two months now. Let’s show them how much we appreciate them!
Check out the following link for the creative way a Hopatcong third grade teacher is showing support for her students using her Bitmoji. https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.njherald.com%2Fnews%2F20200513%2F hopatcong-teachers-initiative-is-flat-out-success&data=02%7C01%7C%7Ce9edc24a66d3435b7dcc08d7f7f8e0de% 7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637250520617290102 &sdata=WfJaE4LCrnrraUdqNzyinRRiFZiZ5T9ysYFQ58N0gZI%3D&reserved=0
- Stillwater teachers got together (Christine Pagano spearheaded) and donated dinner for staff members at the hospital, too. All donated and it was great!
- Check out the following link to see the wonderful work our Newton and Kittatinny Educators and students are doing. Thank you!
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- Check out the following link to see what a Franklin Elementary School Paraprofessional has been doing: https://www.njherald.com/news/20200423/spreading-joy-and-hope-through-reading-in-uncertain-times
- NEA Members Who Stay Focused Can Win a Car from California Casualty – San Mateo, CA, January 1, 2020 – NEA members who make a pledge to “Keep on Course” can enter to win a new Jeep® Compass* from California Casualty. Educators lead extremely busy lives, but the worst time to multi-task or let the mind wander is when they are behind the wheel. From smartphones to navigation devices, new technology is a dangerous temptation for drivers to take their eyes off the road. Tending to passengers, eating or drinking or checking one’s appearance are also risks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that 3,100 people each year lose their life in a motor vehicle crash involving distracted driving. NEA MB and the NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program provider, California Casualty, are working hard to end dangerous habits behind the wheel. California Casualty is rewarding NEA members who make a promise to drive safely with the chance to win a new Jeep® Compass. All it takes is a visit to www.WinAJeepCompass.com/NEA before October 4, 2020. “Your safety is important to us,” said California Casualty Sr. Vice President Mike McCormick. “We appreciate everything you do and we know that your commitment extends beyond school to your home and family.” Life is hectic enough without the after-effect of a car crash. K-12 educators that are NEA members can join the drive to “Keep on Course” and be entered to win at www.WinAJeepCompass.com/NEA. The campaign will run from January 1, 2020 through October 4, 2020. The winner will be announced in October or November. Educators can take the safe driving effort into their classrooms with the free evidence-based materials from Impact Teen Drivers at www.impactteendrivers.org. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, firefighters, law enforcement officers and nurses across the country. Founded in 1914,, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit www.readyforquote.com/Niki or call 1.877.248.6085 *Jeep is not a participating partner in or sponsor of this contest.
- Cat in the Hat rules at Marian E. McKeown Elementary School – Our own Justine Giovanetti, fourth grade teacher at Marian E. McKeown Elementary School and SCEA representative to the NJEA Congressional Contact Committee, hosted the Cat in the Hat. Please click on the following link for the complete article which was featured in the New Jersey Herald: https://www.njherald.com/news/20200210/cat-in-hat-rules-at-school.
In November 2019, we celebrated our 2020 Educational Support Professionals (ESP) of the Year at our annual celebration held at Perona Farms. Congratulations to all of our local honorees – we appreciate all that you do each day!!
Lynn Delfing – Child Study Team Secretary (Andover), Kerri Lyman – Classroom Assistant (Byram), Kathleen Wilson – Media Center Paraprofessional (Frankford), Anita Delihasani – Classroom Assistant (Franklin), Linda DeGraw – Classroom Assistant (Green), Cheryl Armstrong – Classroom Assistant (Hampton), Debbie Coltenback – Classroom Assistant (Hardyston), Cindy Zajac – Classroom Assistant (High Point), Lynn Masterson – Clerical Aide/Attendance (Hopatcong), Stacy Yanko – Guidance Secretary (HOPA)*, Raymond Palmisano – Maintenance (Kittatinny), Patti Frese – Classroom Assistant (Lafayette), Kim Hart – Classroom Assistant (Montague), Ashley Ahearn – Classroom Assistant (Newton), Karen Carney – Classroom Assistant (Ogdensburg), Sue Dick – Classroom Assistant (Sparta), Bonnie Gutwein – Classroom Assistant (Stanhope), Catherine Patterson – Classroom Assistant (Sussex Tech), Ruth Mason – Bus Driver (Sussex Wantage), Kristen Genneken – Principal’s Secretary (Vernon). *2020 SCEA & NJEA ESP of the Year
Enjoy photos from the SCEA ESP Celebration below:
On November 21, 2019, McKeown Elementary School held a Poetry Cafe. It was a great success! Thank you to Justine Giovanetti and her students for sharing a picture from their event with us! 🙂
Governor Murphy with members of the SCEA, NJEA Staff and the Morris County Council of Education Associations (MCCEA) at the MCCEA ESP Celebration on Wednesday, November 13th.
MCCEA Overnight – Google Boot Camp – November 15-November 16, 2019 – Minerals Hotel
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Some images from the 2019 New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Congratulations to Thom LoGiudice of the Vernon Township Education Association for receiving the Margit Feldman Teaching Award! Click on the following link to read more: https://www.vernontea.org/2019/06/27/thom-logiudice-recieves-margit-feldman-teaching-award/
We hope that all of you are enjoying your summer! Whether you are working or not, the school year will be here before you know it. We want to share a few things with you….
First, our Sussex County representatives to the National Education Association Representative Assembly (NEARA) did a wonedrful job (as always!). This year the NEARA was held in Houston, Texas. Our representatives spent the first week in July voting on important issues that affect all of us. A big thank you to all of our representatives!! See a picture of our reps below as well as our own NJEA Executive Committee member, Susan Davis, with NEA Vice President, Princess Moss:
Next, the county calendar is in the process of being updated. Currently, the calendar has scheduled events from September 2019 through February 2020. The remaining dates will be on the calendar SOON!! Please check back. Registration will be required for each meeting and event. For events that require online registration, you must print out your registration ticket for entry the day of the event/meeting, and it must have your name on it. We will continue to use the current registration process; however, if a change is needed, we will make it. Please note that, in most cases, the deadline to register will be noted in the event description. Please do not hesitate to contact our webmaster, Stacy Yanko, at email@example.com or 973-222-4662, should you have any questions regarding the website or registration.
Coming soon….Twitter and Instagram. Stay tuned!
As always, thank you for all that you do! Enjoy the rest of your summer & we look forward to seeing you soon!
Oh, What a Night! Saturday, June 15 was SCEA’s Public School Heroes/Heroines Night at Skylands Ball Park
Our student essay contest winners and their heroes/heroines were honored on the field where they received a certificate and copy of their essays. Hero John Demko, Sparta School Security Guard, got to throw out the first pitch, too! Way to go, John!
This wonderful evening was made possible by our NJEA Executive Committee member, Susan Davis, who obtained a NJEA Pride Grant and planned and ran the evening with support and assistance from SCEA Executive Committee as well as the wonderful staff of the Sussex County Miners and Skylands Ball Park. Susan even won a beautiful bouquet of flowers which was presented to her during the game by Herbie the Miner!
Below you will find the list of the essay contest winners along with their heroes/heroines as well as pictures from the event:
Grades K – 2: Leilani Tynes, Green Hills School, Heroine: Mrs. Kelli McKeown, 2nd Grade Teacher
Grades 3 – 6: Lauren Horn, McKeown School, Hampton School District, Heroine: Mrs. Linda Kadar, 4th Grade Teacher
Grades 6 – 8: John Finkeldie, Sparta Middle School, Hero: John Demko, School Security Guard
Grades 9 – 12: DeeKota Eby, Kittatinny High School, Hero: Scott Smith, Science Teacher
To view a video of John Demko throwing out the first pitch, click on this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/HQC1izw2k7M6iwg66
May 23, 2019: The NJ State Assembly passed both Job Justice Bills for Educational Support Professionals (ESP) – the bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, paraprofessionals, food service workers, technology specialists, security, maintenance and everyone else who contribute to our students’ health, safety and education.
A-3395, which will prevent school boards from privatizing ESPs during an active collective bargaining agreement, passed the Assembly by a vote of 70-6.
A-3664, which will provide due process rights to ESPs, passed the Assembly by a vote of 75-5-1.
Congratulations and thank you to all of our members who have worked tirelessly to organize around these bills.
Unfortunately, as you will see by the photos below, we did not have support from our Assemblymen in District 24. While Assemblyman Hal Wirths voted yes to A-3664, he voted no to A-3395, and Assemblyman Parker Space voted no to both bills.
By not supporting both bills, they are not supporting our members. We must continue to educate our elected officials and let them know that we expect better & more from them!!
Legislative Day of Action – May 15, 2019
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019 SCEA NJEA Government Relations Committee member, Vicki Smith, along with other SCEA members and NJEA staff members participated in the Legislative Day of Action by visiting the District 24 Legislative Office. While they were unable to meet with Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space or Assemblyman Harold Wirths directly, they had the opportunity to share valuable information with their representative regarding issues such as the ESP bills and the Fix the Unfairness campaign. Union Strong!!
25 Year Recognition Dinner – May 16, 2019
On Thursday, May 16, we held our annual recognition dinner at Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, NJ. This wonderful event honored educators with 25 years of service, the ESP of the Year, Teacher of the Year and the Warren D. Cummings Award recipient. In addition, two Sussex County High School seniors were each awarded with a $1,500 scholarship for entering into the field of education. Both the Iva Valler and Kathy Del Ben Scholarships are presented by the SCEA with the Kathy Del Ben Scholarship being generously funded by Visions Federal Credit Union. Below you will find the complete list of honorees along with some pictures from the event:
25 Year Honorees: Franklin – Alison Hendershot, Hamburg – Darby Kolb and Dorothy Smalley, Hampton – Fern Morrison, High Point – Lisa Frisbie, Hopatcong – Karen Carroll and Doreen Sciabica, Kittatinny – Ellen Kolonoski, Lenape Valley – Janet Bardello and Patricia Ingram, Montague – Jody Taylor, Sparta – Myriam Dobles, Suzanne Smith and Catherine Wille, Stillwater – Beth Johnson, Sussex Tech – Jeffrey Morris, Vernon – Kim Fishman, Jennifer Moskovitz, Susan Rebisz and Laura Ryder, Sussex Wantage – Mary Ann Lord and Sharon Wesselius, and Wallkill Valley – Amy Fairweather.
Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year: Kim Walsh, Sussex Wantage
Sussex County Teacher of the Year: Jennifer Caputo, Sparta
Warren D. Cummings Award: Lorie Anne Jeskey, Montague
Iva Valler Scholarship recipient: Kaitlyn Donnelly, Hopatcong High School
Kathy Del Ben Scholarship recipient: Leah Slobodzian, Kittatinny High School
Green, Hampton, Montague, Hardyston and Sussex Wantage members wearing their red!
We Are Worth It & We Stand United!
Lobbying for our members….
NJEA-SCEA Executive Committee member, Susan Davis, doing her part to help get legislation passed to support our Educational Support Professionals (ESP). Thank you Susan!!
Educational Support Professional (ESP) Celebration – January 10, 2019
Our ESP Celebration was held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Perona Farms. Thank you to all who attended – over 200 members – as well as our special guests. In addition, a big THANK YOU to all of our locals who donated raffle prizes and Visions Federal Credit Union for their generous donation and continued support!!
Congratulations to all of our local ESP of the Year nominees as well as to our Sussex County Education Association ESP of the Year for 2019, Kim Walsh, from Sussex-Wantage!!
SCEA President and Vice President, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer, Steve Beatty, along with our local ESPs of the Year including our SCEA ESP of the Year for 2019, Kim Walsh of Sussex -Wantage.
⇐ SCEA Vice President Gillian Raye with SCEA-NJEA Executive Committee member Susan Davis the 2019 NJEA Friend of ESP recipient.
SCEA Officers and Executive Committee member with John Staab, our guest speaker and NJEA UniServ Field Representative from Region 2 in Mullica Hill serving Cumberland and Gloucester Counties. Thank you, John!!
2019 ESP of the Year nominees: Cyndi Bresney (paraprofessional) from Green, Denise DeSalvia (paraprofessional) from Vernon, Carmine Gonnella (paraprofessional) from Kittatinny, Mark Hartmann (custodian) from Newton, Marissa Kressman (paraprofessional) from Hopatcong, Lorraine Lapinski (paraprofessional) from Frankford, Ana Marrazzo (secretary) from Hopatcong Office Personnel Association, Peter Martin (paraprofessional) from Montague, Paula McGrath (paraprofessional) from Hampton, Sharon Monell (secretary) from Sussex Tech, Isabella Pagan (paraprofessional) from Hardyston, Barbara Serpone (paraprofessional) from Sparta, Kerry Schneider (paraprofessional) from Byram, Sue Vitella (paraprofessional) from Lafayette, Susan Polillo (paraprofessional) from Stanhope, and Kim Walsh (paraprofessional) from Sussex-Wantage – 2019 SCEA ESP of the Year.
See the “Spotlight on Members” page for more pictures from these wonderful events!
Thank you for…
SUPPORTING YOUR UNION- YOUR CAREER- YOUR SCHOOL- YOUR STUDENTS
**PLEASE NOTE: Should you need to contact the SCEA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 973-534-9763. Thank you!