2017 News Archives


Annual NJFEA Field Trip to the NJEA Convention – Thank you to all who participated in the Annual NJFEA Field Trip to the NJEA Convention!  It is a great experience and an honor for aspiring educators to participate in the NJEA Convention, which is one of the largest educational gatherings of its kind in the world.  Our 2017-18 NJFEA Officers, led by Mr. Larry Fieber, NJFEA State Director, participated in the event and networked with their peers from high schools across the state who attended.  Ms. Jeanne DelColle, Instructional Development and Strategic Partnerships Specialist at Stockton University, and the 2012-13 NJ Teacher of the Year.

On Thursday, November 9th, the NJFEA State Officers attended a very special plenary session presented by Ilysahah Shabazz, an inspirational role model and advocated for women’s and girl’s empowerment.  On Friday, November 10th, our State Officers and all of the students and their advisors who participated in the NJFEA Field Trip to the Convention attended the keynote address presented by Mike Kuczala, a leading authority on using movement and understanding the brain/body connection in both educational and corporate settings.  All participating students also had the opportunity to visit the convention floor and gather information from hundreds of booths representing educational topics including STEM learning, autism, elementary education, reading/literacy, educational technology, makerspaces, American history, conservation, etc.

The New Jersey Future Educators Association, hosted by the Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey, extends a very special thank you to Mr. Steve Beatty, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer for speaking at the NJFEA Program on Friday, November 10th;  to Ms. Amy Anderson, the 2017-18 NJ Teacher of the Year (a high school American Sign Language Teacher at Ocean City High School in the Ocean City School District) for meeting with our NJFEA State Officers to conduct a special Q&A session on Thursday, November 9th; and, to Dr. Suzanne McCotter, TCNJ Dean of the School of Education, and her husband Mr. Keith McCotter, one of our very own NJFEA advisors, for visiting with our program on Friday, November 10th.


NJFEA Conference, William Paterson University – Thank you to all who made the NJFEA Conference at William Paterson University a great success on October 6th! Approximately 400 high school students and their advisors participated in conference, enjoying a rich agenda that included 20+ breakout sessions.  Ms. Argine Safari, 2016-17 NJ Teacher of the Year, presented a very inspiring keynote address to the audience of aspiring future teachers.  We also extend a very special thank you to Mr. Steven Beatty, NJEA Treasurer, for his support and participation, and to Dr. Candace Burns, dean, College of Education, William Paterson University, for hosting the conference.


2017-18 NJFEA Officers Posts Selected – The 2017-18 NJFEA officers attended a special leadership training program at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, on August 10th.  An introductory session was held for the officers on August 9th at The College of New Jersey.  At the conclusion of the training, the officer posts were selected:  Anthony Avila, NJFEA President, Hightstown High School; Shane McDermott, NJFEA Vice President, Burlington Township High School; Amanda D’Agostino, Secretary, Southern Regional High School; and Sreenidhi Viswanathan, Communications Officer, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South.

JULY 2017

Urban Teacher Academy at The College of New Jersey – Another class of nearly 50 high school juniors successfully completed the rigorous Urban Teacher Academy at The College of New Jersey in July.  The two-week intensive program gives high school students a close up look at the teaching profession.  The class hears from talented educators and other educational professionals, attends field trips to schools (urban and suburban) and to other programs serving children (e.g., the Boys and Girls Clubs), learn how to teach lessons in STEM and physical education, and get the opportunity to teach lessons to elementary school children.  This is an eye-opening experience for the high school students, launching many of them on to their college careers as education majors.

Tomorrow’s Teachers Training – Instructors from nearly 30 high schools were trained on the new 11th Edition of the Tomorrow’s Teachers curriculum at the 2-day events held at Rider University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.  The instructors are now qualified to teach the Tomorrow’s Teachers elective course for high school juniors who want to explore teaching as a future career and become eligible to earn college credit for successful completion of the course.

JUNE 2017

NJFEA Recognition Dinner – The 2017 NJFEA Recognition Dinner was held on June 15th at the NJEA Headquarters in Trenton, NJ.  At this event, the outgoing 2016-17 NJFEA State Officers (Clifford Kyei, Julia Melao, Emily Normand, Naomi Campbell, Irvic Gondor, and Shannon Brogan) were honored for their year-long service to future teachers in New Jersey.  At the dinner, the incoming 2017-18 NJFEA State Officers were introduced:  Shane McDermott (Burlington Township High School), Amanda D’Agostino (Southern Regional High School), Sreenidhi Viswanathan (West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South), and Anthony Avila (Hightstown High School).  The 2017-18 officers will participate in leadership training at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, on August 10, 2017.  At that time, specific officer positions will be decided upon.  Finally, we also honored with $750 scholarships three outstanding New Jersey high school students and NJFEA members who exhibit exemplary commitment to teaching as a future career.  The recipients of the 2017 NJFEA Scholarships were:  Piero Manrique (Memorial High School), Anum Kazmi (North Brunswick Township High School), and Christina Barlik (Cranford High School).  Congratulations to all of our former officers, our new officers, and the scholarship award recipients!

Summer 2017 Urban Teacher Academy @ TCNJ Orientation:  The Center for Future Educators welcomed the 2017 UTA class at its orientation program on June 1st in the TCNJ School of Education.  We were excited to meet these exceptional high school juniors, who showed great enthusiasm for participating in this valuable experience.  The UTA gets underway at TCNJ on Monday, July 17th and concludes on Friday, July 28th.

MAY 2017

NJFEA Conference, Monmouth University:  Thank you to all who attended the May 31st NJFEA Conference at Monmouth University! Two-hundred and fifty students participated in the conference to explore teaching as a future career. We are especially grateful to Dr. John Henning, dean of the Monmouth University School of Education for hosting the event, and to keynote speaker Sancha Gray, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Asbury Park School District, and to NJ Teachers of the Year Argine Safari, Jeanne DelColle, and Kathy Assini for an important and engaging panel discussion. We also extend special thanks to Mr. John Anagbo, retired educator and consultant with the NJFEA, and to our NJFEA officers Julia Melao, Naomi Campbell, and Shannon Brogan.

Urban-Suburban School Exchange:  On May 19 and May 22, the Hawthorne High School Future Teachers and the Memorial High School in West New York participated in an urban-suburban student exchange. After having a blast taking on the new adventure of exploring each other’s schools. All of the students now have friends from the other school that aspire to be in the same career and share the same passion. Many students shared phone numbers with one another, this way they all could keep in touch. In class, the future teachers sat down and talked about the similarities and differences between the two schools.

MARCH 2017

NJFEA Middle School Conference, Rowan University:  Thanks to all who made the NJFEA Middle School Conference at Rowan University a great success! Approximately 325 middle school students attended the conference to explore teaching as a possible future career.

The students and their advisors were treated to special presentation by the Dean of Rowan University’s College of Education, Dr. Monika Williams Shealey, and a lively, interactive presentation by Dr. Reginald Davenport, President of the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education. Students also chose from among nearly 10 breakout sessions for more in-depth looks at educational technology, language learning, diversity in education, special education, etc.

Special thanks goes to Ms. Chanelle Wilson-Poe, Instructor and Teacher Education Recruiter at Rowan University, who coordinated the conference logistics on behalf of Rowan University. Ms. Wilson-Poe also presented an exciting breakout session at the conference: “DIVE into Diversity: Different Individuals Valuing Education.”

Finally, a very special thanks goes to Ms. Marianne Titus as she stood in for Mr. Larry Fieber, who is on medical leave. Ms. Titus, herself an exceptional teacher having tremendous rapport with students, recognized Mr. Fieber for his unparalleled and ceaseless dedication to education and inspiration to young people. We all eagerly await Mr. Fieber’s return and we thank the many, many of you who have offered their heartfelt well wishes for his speedy recovery.


Urban-Suburban School Exchange:  Thank you to all who participated in another successful Urban-Suburban School Exchange on Friday, February 24, 2017, between Henry Snyder High School (Jersey City) and North Brunswick High School.  These exchanges are important to opening dialogue between diverse schools and diverse students who seek to become tomorrow’s teachers.


NJFEA Conference, Montclair State University:  Thank you to all who made our first NJFEA Conference of 2017 a great success! Held on Monday, January 9, at Montclair State University, this first conference drew approximately 450 high school students and their advisors. A full day of special presentations and rich breakout sessions help students to explore teaching as a career. Our 2016-17 NJFEA State Officers presented to our audience, as well as managed registration. We also welcomed four former NJFEA State Officers at the event: Joely DeMonte, David Eggert, Samantha Nielsen, and Juan Ouvina. A very special thanks goes to Mr. Sean Spiller, Secretary/Treasurer of the NJEA, for traveling from Trenton to greet our students, advisors, and guests.