2012 News Archives


2012 NJEA Convention Cancelled:  Due to Hurrican Sandy, the 2012 NJEA Convention in Atlantic City has been cancelled.  Read more here.

2012 SNEA Conference:  Due to Hurrican Sandy, the SNJEA Conference has been rescheduled to February 23, 2013.

2012 NJFEA Conference Postponed:  The 2012 Annual NJFEA Conference has been postponed to Tuesday, January 8, 2013, due to weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Sandy.  See full information here.

NJFEA Student Leadership Development Institute:  The New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA) is held its first Student Leadership Institute from October 12-14, 2012. The NJFEA Student Leadership Institute was offered in collaboration with the Youth Leadership Tomorrow program sponsored by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association/Foundation for Educational Administration (NJPSA/FEA).  (See the flyer and sample schedule.)

NJFEA’s Student Leadership Institute took place at Camp Bernie located in Port Murray, New Jersey. Students selected for this weekend program worked under the direction of highly trained professionals who introduced effective leadership skills for participants to develop student-driven service projects to enhance their NJFEA chapters and school communities.


New NJFEA Chapters:  The following nine (9) new NJ Future Educators Association (NJFEA) chapters have joined our statewide network since the start of the 2012-13 school year:

  • Jonathan Dayton High School
  • Union City High School
  • Hamilton High School North
  • Samuel E. Shull School
  • D.U.E Season Charter School
  • Lebanon Township-Woodglen School
  • Bloomfield High School
  • Bordentown High School
  • Verona High School


Teachers as Social Entrepreneurs Presentation – CFE Executive Director Larry Fieber delivered a presentation to the incoming Bonner Scholars at The College of New Jersey on August 22.  Mr. Fieber’s presentation focused on social entrepreneurship and education, with particular focus on:  teacher shortages, the student achievement gap, homelessness, poverty, and the high school dropout rate.

2012 Urban Teacher Academy @ TCNJ Class Graduates – Fifty-three rising high school seniors completed the seventh annual Urban Teacher Academy program at The College of New Jersey on August 3rd.  The Center for Future Educators congratulates this exemplary group of young people who aspire to become part of New Jersey’s next generation of teachers.

JULY 2012

Urban Teacher Academies Offered at Six Colleges/Universities – In 2006, the first Urban Teacher Academy in New Jersey was started at The College of New Jersey.  The Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey continues to offer this highly acclaimed and highly competitive intensive summer program.  The CFE has also been instrumental in the start-up of five new summer urban teacher academy programs across the state, all based on the model developed at The College of New Jersey.  To get more information on these programs see the links below:

The College of New Jersey

Rowan University

Kean University

William Paterson University

Rider University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Teachers from 146 High Schools Trained in the Tomorrow’s Teachers Program – Teachers from 146 high schools have participated in New Jersey’s Tomorrow’s Teachers training since its inception in 2008.  The Center for Future Educators will shortly be conducting a survey to determine which high schools are currently offering this program or plan to offer the program in the near future.  Data from the survey responses will be compiled and disseminated in the fall 2012 along with contact information for current Tomorrow’s Teachers instructors.

New Address for the Center for Future Educators – The Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey is pleased to annouce that our office has moved to the new, state-of-the-art School of Education Building on the TCNJ campus!  The CFE’s new address is:  Center for Future Educators at TCNJ, PO Box 7718, School of Education Building, Room 202D, Ewing, NJ  08628-0718.  Telephone and fax numbers remain the same.

New NJFEA State Officers – The Center for Future Educators and the New Jersey Future Educators Association are pleased to announce the new NJFEA State Officers for 2012-13:

Rebecca Malz, President, Mahwah HS
Mollie Miller, Vice President, West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South
Jordyn Jelstrom, Secretary, Lawrence HS
Leo Ricketts, Northern Region Representative, University HS
Thomas Conley, Central Region Representative, Middletown HS South
Kayla Jerman, Southern Region Representative, Burlington Twp. HS

The officers were announced at the Annual NJFEA Recognition Dinner on June 18, and participated in officer leadership training on July 12.  They will serve their term of office during the 2012-13 school year.

JUNE 2012

FEA Case Statement – The research is clear: Teachers are the most important school-based determinant of student achievement. There is a growing consensus that student academic success is more heavily influenced by teacher quality than by students’ race, class, prior academic record, or school a student attends. Surveys show the public agrees that great teachers do more to improve education than any other strategy.

One of the most important goals in education today is recruiting and retaining great teachers for America’s schools. An investment in a targeted recruitment effort in our high schools is a long-term, sustainable strategy that will result in higher quality classroom teachers. FEA is poised to assume a national leadership role in this effort.

See the full Case Statement.

And don’t forget to join or renew your FEA membership for the 2012-13 school year.  Go to the FEA membership site today!

Tomorrow’s Teachers Training – The Center for Future Educators is pleased to announce the conclusion of another successful year of Tomorrow’s Teachers Trainings.  This year’s trainings were held in June at Seton Hall University and at The College of New Jersey.  Over 30 new schools joined in this year.  Also, two updated online sessions were also held for those who previously trained.  Interest in this program continues to increase and Fairleigh Dickinson University continues to offer college credit to students who successfully complete the high school course.   Plans are underway for additional colleges/universities to offer college credit.  Stay tuned for more information.

NJFEA Achievement Award Winners – The two NJFEA Achievement Award winners for 2012 were announced on June 18 at the annual NJFEA Recognition Dinner.  This year’s winners were Lindsay Malone and Tiffany Rodriguez.The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding New Jersey future teachers for achievement and demonstration of leadership, commitment, and excellence as well as their contributions to promoting and representing their NJFEA chapters in a professional manner.

One-on-One with Steve Adubato – See David Sanchez in his interview on One-on-One with Steve Adubato.  See the video links page and scroll down the list to find David’s interview segment. Produced by the Caucus  Educational Corporation, the Emmy Award-winning creators of Caucus: New Jersey, One-on-One with four-time Emmy Award-winning anchor Steve Adubato gives insight into today’s world. One-on-One discusses compelling, real life stories and features political leaders, CEOs, television personalities, professors, artists and educational innovators who each share their experiences and accomplishments.

MAY 2012

2012 Urban Teacher Academy Class – The Center for Future Educators is very pleased to announce the selection of the high school juniors for the  2012 Urban Teacher Academy (UTA) at The College of New Jersey.  The program will be held from July 23rd-August 3rd.  We had an outstanding group of applicants and we are looking forward to another exciting and transformative program again this summer.  Congratulations to all of the students who were selected for this highly competitive program.  See the full list of students and the schools they represent.

Three NJFEA Chapter Advisers to Retire – Congratulations and best wishes to three outstanding NJFEA chapter advisers who will be retiring in June. They have made a difference inspiring and encouraging New Jersey’s future teachers:  Mrs. Rose DePoto – New Milford High School, Mrs. Peggy VanMeter – Cumberland Regional High School, and Mrs. Marie Gironda – University High School.

NJFEA Middle School Conference a Big Success – Over 175 students and teachers/advisers representing 17 schools across the state, parents, and guests attended the first-ever NJFEA Middle School Conference held at The College of New Jersey on May 9, 2012.  The full day included presentations by Mr. Wendell Steinhauer, NJEA Vice President, Interim Dean of the TCNJ School of Education, Dr. Mark Kiselica, and TCNJ Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Dr. Tabitha Dell’Angelo.  Current TCNJ education majors took part in a panel discussion describing their experiences as they pursue careers in teaching.  The middle school students were then treated to a tour of the TCNJ campus, lunch in the award-winning Eickhoff Dining Hall, and an afternoon of breakout sessions led by distinguished presenters.  The Center for Future Educators at TCNJ and the New Jersey Future Educators Association extend sincere appreciation to all who helped to make this a very special event for New Jersey’s future teachers.

Future Educators Making a Difference Now – The Future Educators of Association Chapter, along with the members of the Externship Class in the School of Education and Training (SET) at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex, will be doing a clean-up of the school’s campus and portions of West Side Park. As future educators, these students realize that service to the community extends beyond academics and can include beautifying surrounding physical areas. As West Side Park is adjacent to the school, their feeling is that the park is an extended part of the campus and should also be attended to. These students also have plans to develop and build a “serenity garden” for the use of both students and staff. All of the work to build and maintain the garden will be done by the students.  They were able to secure donated funds and materials so there will be no cost to the district. The long-range goal is that future classes will continue with both projects and extend the “commitment to our community” by the students of SET.

BUCBUDDIES – The Red Bank Regional High School partnered with the Red Bank Primary School and the Red Bank YMCA to create “BUCBUDDIES” – an afterschool homework help program.  The program began in February and will continue through the end of the school year.  It has been such a hit, that Red Bank FEA chapter will make “BUCBUDDIES” an annual program!  The children are Pre-K through 3rd grade, and a bundle of energy.  They warmed up to the FEA student “buddies” right away, and are now even making pictures for the FEA members.   The FEA members FEA are enjoying the experience and it seems to be reinforcing their desire to work with children. Congratulations to the Red Bank Regional High School FEA chapter for implementing this successful and important service project!

One-on-One with Steve Adubato – One-on-One with Steve Adubato featured a segment on May 8, 2012, with David Sanchez, 2012 candidate for FEA International President.  The program aired as follows: 7:00 p.m. – NJTV, 11:30 p.m. – NJTV, and 12:30 a.m. – WNET.  Also, on May 13, One-on-One with Steve Adubato featured a segment with Larry Fieber, CFE Executive Director/NJFEA State Director.  The program aired at 12:00 p.m. on NJTV.  Produced by the Caucus  Educational Corporation, the Emmy Award-winning creators of Caucus: New Jersey, One-on-One with four-time Emmy Award-winning anchor Steve Adubato gives insight into today’s world. One-on-One discusses compelling, real life stories and features political leaders, CEOs, television personalities, professors, artists and educational innovators who each share their experiences and accomplishments.

APRIL 2012

Awards/Honors – The College of New Jersey chapter of the SNJEA and/or the following students were recipients at TCNJ’s 5th Annual Student Leadership Awards ceremony on April 18, 2012:

  • Harold W. Eickhoff Outstanding First Year Student Award-Hannah Pawlack (2010 Urban Teacher Academy Student)
  • Programming Award-Excellence in Advocacy-TCNJ’s SNJEA Chapter for our program, “The High School Drop Out Crisis: What Future Teachers Need to Know”
  • Outstanding New Program Award-TCNJ’s SNJEA Chapter-Anti-Bullying Week
  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities- Andrew Lewis (2007 Urban Teacher Academy Student, current SNJEA president)

We are proud of these special accomplishments and, as always, deeply appreciative of your support of the Center for Future Educators. Read more here.

Awards/Honors:  On Friday, April 20, 2012 The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education presented Leilani Bell, past FEA International President and TCNJ Class of 2015, and Andrew Lewis, TCNJ SNJEA President, with Distinguished Students Awards. This was a wonderful event that was held at ETS in Princeton, NJ.  Congratulations to Leilani and Andrew.


NJFEA Officer Recognized – Sara Kern, NJFEA Northern Region Representative (2011-12), was recognized in her community’s local newspaper for her achievement at the 2012 FEA International Conference in Baltimore, MD, in February. Read the full story about Sara.

FEA International Conference – The 2012 Future Educators Association International Conference was held from February 17-19, 2012, at the Baltimore Hilton in Baltimore, MD.   See the news and photo highlights from the conference.  Also see the full conference “photo album” posted on the Center for Future Educators/NJFEA Facebook page.



NJFEA Membership Update – Our goal is to have the NJFEA become one of the nation’s leaders in future teacher membership. Go to www.futureeducators.org/join/join.htm to register your new chapter. The new national FEA membership fees are $8 per student and a one-time only $125 fee for new start-up chapters. Please note that the one-time start-up fee of $125 will be paid by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) for all new FEA/NJFEA chapters that join by June 30, 2012.

We are also pleased to announce that the NJFEA is nearing 1,000 individual student members! This is a significant achievement given that the national FEA only recently established the individual membership category. If you are unable to start a chapter at this time, individual students can still become members of FEA/NJFEA and may register online at the same website as shown above.

We also extend a welcome to the following newest chapters in our NJFEA family:

East Orange STEM Academy
Secaucus High School
Hillside High School
Wayne Valley High School
Waldwick High School
Ridgefield Park High School
Hanover Park High School
Whippany Park High School
Moorestown Friends School
Camden County Technical School
Montgomery High School
Trenton Central High School
Hamilton High North
South Brunswick High School