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.
ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS
It’s that time, time to start the process of selecting NJEA’s Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year for the year 2020. Below is the Local Association Nomination Guidelines and Local Nomination Form. The fill in version of this form will be available shortly at njea.org, but a copy of the form is available now by clicking the link below. Local presidents received the fill in version of the form via email from NJEA. The deadline to submit your nomination to SCEA* is Friday, September 13, 2019 – only one nomination per local will be accepted. Every local should submit a nomination. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the SCEA Executive Committee with any questions. Local ESP Nomination forms 2020-fillin
*Please note that local associations submit its nominee to its county association. The county association then selects one nominee to be forwarded to NJEA. Only one nominee per county is accepted.
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 email@example.com or call/text 973-534-9763. Thank you!