ECEA Friends In Education Banquet

Pride Committee

May 2023



The ECEA Pride Committee-chaired by Lauren Greenfield & Amanda Eineker held an Essex County EA Friends of Education Banquet on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

Congratulations to the following honorees: 

1. 4th Grade Teacher: Sheila Mesidar-Villard

(South Orange-Maplewood)

2. History Teacher: Mark Teshkayan

(Caldwell/West Caldwell)

3. 2nd Grade Teacher: Julie Sammarone (Irvington)

4. 5th Grade Teacher: Mark Rossi (Verona)

5. 1st Grade Teacher: Danielle Dugan (West Orange)

6. Boys Step Team & Jubilee Choir:

Dr. William Y. Farley ( West Orange) 

Friend of Education Award: Talmashia Warren

Women's Wellness Wednesday

Women in Education Committee

May 2023


On Wednesday, May 17th, the Women in Education Committee held a Women’s Wellness Wednesday event led by Angel Boose, the chair that was held at The Leaguers. The evening started with a Soul Full Journey: Unlocking Our Inner Strength that NJEA PD Consultants Shan Byrd and Brenda Martin-Lee led.  The second half continued with Empowered Serenity: A Mindfulness & Sound-bowl Journey led by Mychal Mills and Rodney Salomon of  Konscious Youth Development & Service.

ECEA Human & Civil Rights Dinner/Workshop

May 2023

What a fantastic Human & Civil Rights Dinner! Kudos to the ECEA Human & Civil Rights Committee and Fay Weatherington, the chair, for your hard work and dedication.

Congratulations to the honorees at the Human & Civil Rights Dinner on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at  Nanina's in the Park. 

Eric Jones: 2023 Jacqui Greadington Human & Civil Rights Award Recipient.

Danielle Earle: 2023 LGBTQIA+ Justice Advocacy Award Recipient.

Ikechukwu Oneyema: 2023 Racial Justice Advocacy Award Recipient.

Sabina A. Ellis: 2023 Women Justice Advocacy Award Recipient.

ECEA & UCEA Combined Overnight

APRIL 2023

Our ECEA/UCEA Combined Overnight took place April 28-29, 2023, in Fairfield, NJ. Our members engaged in a Casino Night, and the county presidents held an exclusive event for Golden PAC Contributors. Also, day II was filled with great Professional Development sessions. 

ECEA Legislative Dinner

APRIL 2023

Our ECEA Legislative Dinner occurred on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at Nanina's in the Park. Congratulations to ECEA Educator of the Year Award for Distinguished Service Jay Wecht of West Orange EA and ECEA Local Pac Champion Caldwell/West Caldwell EA.


APRIL 2023

Our members should be excited that we won 1st Place for Best Website and 1st Place for Best Newsletter.


MARCH 2023

Some of our members were facilitators and honored at the 2023 NEA ESP Conference that was held in Seattle, WA.

ECEA -XYZ's of Retirement Workshop

March  2023

The room was packed at the XYZ's of Retirement on March 21, 2023. Our 1st VP, Chris Cannella, and 2nd VP, Keith Hinton excited to see many members attend the workshop.

ECEA -NJEA Winter Leadership Conference-North

February  2023

Our Executive Leadership Team took some time to share a moment at the 2023 NJEA-WLC North.

ECEA -NEA RA Interest Meeting

February  2023

ECEA members who are interested in being delegates for the 2023 NEA RA joined us tonight to hear what it’s all about. Thanks, Mark and Sharon for sharing your experiences!

ECEA Nurses Workshop

February  2023

The ECEA Health &Safety Workshop’s focus was on our School Nurses and the vital role they play in keeping our schools safe. Thank you, Dr. Cynthia Samuels, for a member from Irvington for presenting.

ECEA M L & R Workshop

February  2023

The ECEA ML&R Committee had a Vision Board Event where the special guest was Eric Jones. Members were engaged in sharing their vision and goals while learning more about the union and why it’s important to contribute to PAC.Thank you ML&R Committee Chair Evelyn Ayum , ECEA Executive Team, Patty and Eric.

ECEA Legislative Cocktail Reception

January  2023

It has been three years since we held our last  Legislative Cocktail Reception and things picked up right where we left over on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

We had the P.A.C. table ready to go to encourage members to increase their contributions or sign up for the first time. Thank you, UCEA President James Frasier for running the table.

It was great to mingle with our legislators and members of Essex. We were happy to have Senator Nia Gill , Senator Renee Burgess, Assemblyman John McKeon, and Assemblyman Thomas Giblin in attendance.

Our members were able to hold conversations and thank the legislators for eliminating edTPA, and discuss the school staff shortages and SGOs.

Thanks to our Congressional Contact Co-Chairs Jennifer Bailey & Cameron Parke and our  Legislative/LAT/Government Relations Co-Chairs  Chris Cannella & Nickcarson Paul.

ECEA Technology Workshop

January  2023

On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the ECEA Technology Committee held a workshop on "Learn About the World of NFTs, Metaverse and Gaming and the Role it Plays in K-12 Education." It was a huge success. So much information was shared on the evolving world of Technology. The Tech Committee is chaired by Sabina A Ellis 

ECEA ESP Committee "Your Union & You" Workshop

January 2023

On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, the ECEA ESP Committee held a workshop on "Your Union & You". Members were engaged by learning the ins and outs of the Union. Thank you to NJEA Staff Michael Rollins and John Staab for facilitating. The ECEA ESP Committee is chaired by Sabina A Ellis