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Click the link below to read the letter that has been sent to the Interim Executive County Superintendent and the Essex County Legislators in regards to the Reopening of Schools. This letter was written by our President Anthony Rosamilia in collaboration with all local presidents in Essex County.

Updated:Click Here to Read ECEA's Position Statement on Reopening Schools

Registration is now open for the

Virtual Equity Alliance Conference


We would like to congratulate our very own 1st VP Kim Scott-Hayden on being named NJEA Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the 2020-2021 School Year!

We are excited to have you as one of our leaders that advocates for all

ESPs & Teachers! 

Kimberly Scott-Hayden, an inventory control clerk in East Orange, was the first ESP to serve as an NJEA Executive Committee member for Essex County. She is the President of East Orange Service and Maintenance Association and 1st Vice President of Essex County EA and is an NEA Director. Kim has led a series of professional development opportunities for other ESPs.

In April 2020, East Orange Service and Maintenance Association was the first local in the state of New Jersey to host an ESP professional development weekend conference that was free to members. It was a full weekend of professional development and engagement around NEA’s professional growth continuum.

We are excited to announce that ECEA Rep Council will be funding up to 50 members to attend the NCUEA Virtual Conference being held from

December 3, 2020 -December 5, 2020! This is on a first come, first served 



We would like to Congratulate our 2nd VP Chris Cannella on making Insider NJ’s 2020 Insider OUT 100: LGBT Power List! 


Ask Governor Murphy and DOE Commissioner to waive SGO's  for the 2020-2021 school year petition.

Click Here to Sign the Petition 

Equity Alliance Information on NJEA & ECEA Committees

Click here for the NJEA & ECEA Committees that focus on Equity Alliance


The ECEA Directory and Calendar for the 2020-2021 has been added to the Members tab. Please log in with your NJEA credentials to access and download.

Congratulations to Irvington EA for winning the 2020 Essex County Bargaining Team Award of the Year! Kudos to the Irvington EA Negotiations Committee on a 5 year contract!

Congratulations to Marrianne Mroz of Irvington EA a first time ever Essex County winner of the California Casualty grant for Music & the Arts!



NJEA is providing Wall Calendars for 2020-2021. You must login with your PIN number or email to place your order. Remember it’s Free!

The October NJEA Review Cover Story was written by Sundjata Sekou a 3rd grade math and science teacher at Mount Vernon Avenue Elementary School in Irvington.

“Why We Need More Black Men In the Classroom”



Ch. 78 and ESP Job Justice campaign gets

final victory

On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2303/A-4140, a pro-collective bargaining law that prevents subcontracting of ESP members’ jobs during the life of negotiated collective bargaining agreements. It also requires notice and negotiation prior to any other subcontracting.


We are happy to announce that Essex County has three members that have been selected as NJEA Members of Color (MOC) Influencers for the 2020-2021 School Year!

Marpessa Bell

Sabina A. Ellis

Jamae Sippio

Let's Stay Connected: email

The New Jersey Education Association Members of Color Initiative is celebrating their one year anniversary that embraces our diversity and celebrates our unity.

You can read all about it in the latest NJEA Review September 2020 Issue.

Congratulations to David Coster of Cedar Grove High School on being named  Teacher of the Year for Essex County 

Photo of David Coster

  • Subject: Mathematics & Engineering
  • Grade: 9th-12th
  • School/District: Cedar Grove High School, Cedar Grove School District

David Coster earned his first high school teaching position after graduating from Rowan University. Over the next twenty years, David served as a Supervisor of Math and Science, a vice principal and eventually a principal before returning to the classroom, a place he fell in love with so many years ago. Throughout his career, David pursued a variety of opportunities to provide additional support to his colleagues. These opportunities include presenting at Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey (AMTNJ) conferences, serving as a state mentor for new teaching staff, contributing to the Essex County Curriculum and Instruction Roundtable, assisting on district Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) and DAC committees, serving on the Northern New Jersey Math Supervisors’ Roundtable, contributing to the New Jersey High School Reform Consortium, and presenting countless in-district professional development workshops. David currently teaches Mathematics and engineering at Cedar Grove High School. In addition, David also serves as advisor to the 3-D Printing Club, the Robotics Club, and co-advisor for the Class of 2021. He is grateful for the opportunities afforded to him by this greatest of professions.

Here is an important message from our President

Like most Americans, I have been heartbroken and angry over the events of the last several days. On behalf of the twelve thousand members of the Essex County Education Association I would like to express solidarity with our black students and their families who I know are hurting right now.

The ECEA and its members work every day to fight for equity in funding, facilities, opportunities, and educational outcomes for our black students. It is not easy work as institutional racism and poverty are powerful opponents. Today, I reaffirm our commitment to advance the causes of racial and social justice in our classrooms, schools, and communities.

We look forward to the day when our communities and country live up to the promise of equality. Until then, know that we stand with the people who are hurting and with those who are working toward a more perfect union, whether they be leaders of government, law enforcement, faith, or education.

Anthony Rosamilia


Essex County Education Association

On Tuesday, July 21, 2020 we held a “Bring your Ballot and have a Sandwich or Salad” Event for our 2020 Essex County NEA RA Delegates. We had the pleasure of having James Frazier who is running for NEA Secretary-Treasurer come out and greet our Delegates. 

By SABINA | August 12, 2020

On the Final Day of the Virtual NEA RA we had another selfie check-in with our Delegates!!

By SABINA | July 3, 2020

On Day 1 of the Virtual NEA RA we had a selfie check-in with our Delegates!!

By SABINA | July 2, 2020

On Wednesday Afternoon 7/1/2020 our Virtual Host Team handed out Goodie Bags to our 2020 Delegates while practicing social distancing!

By SABINA | July 2, 2020

We held our 1st Virtual Meeting with our State & Ethnic-Minority Concerns Delegates to get ready for the NEA Virtual RA taking place this week. July 1st-July 3rd 2020

By SABINA | June 30, 2020

NJEA President Marie Blistan led a discussion on “Racism and the Importance of “The Amistad Journey” in this time of Racial Unrest.” on Monday, June 29th.

By SABINA | June 30, 2020

On Monday, June 15th a group of South Orange/Maplewood teachers hosted a Teachers for Black Lives Matter March/Rally where there were educators from 36 district represented. It was organized/co-sponsored by SOMEA

By SABINA | June 16, 2020

Montclair Education Association under the leadership of President Petal Robertson organized a mobile protest today and the community came together where there were 500 cars 🚘 that drove in #solidarity in supporting #BlackLivesMatter and it ended with standing in silence for 8:46.

By SABINA | June 7, 2020

The Livingston EA Pride committee bought lunch for the Livingston Police Department to say thank you for being first responders!

By SABINA | May 4, 2020

Our ECEA Pride Committee, Executive Officers and the Appian Way delivered food to four hospitals in Essex County last week! St. Barnabas, Mountainside, University and East Orange General,

By SABINA | April 20, 2020

NJEA Education Recovery Plan

By SABINA | July 5, 2020

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL NJEA Education Recovery Plan

DIVEST NJ Pensions from Fossils Fuels!

By SABINA | December 29, 2019

What is the DivestNJ Campaign? The DivestNJ Campaign has been around for nearly two years.  It is centered around the idea of the New Jersey State Investment Council (SIC) divesting our Pension System of fossil fuel investments.  The SIC is the group of people who are in charge of making determinations about where the billions […]

The ECEA Office will be closed beginning on Monday, March 16th. Sandy will be checking emails and phone messages from home.



Due to social distancing regulations in New Jersey, all NJEA in-person events are canceled until those regulations are lifted or changed. Future events that are not yet officially canceled are subject to likely cancelation. 



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