ECEA Human & Civil Rights Committee Dinner/Workshop

Nanina's in the Park | Belleville, NJ

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

It was a wonderful celebration at the first in-person Human & Civil Rights Committee Dinner/Workshop after two years.

We were grateful to have Gary Melton Sr. the Manager of the NJEA Human & Civil Rights, Governance Division kick off by leading us with National Black Anthem of “Lift Every Voice”…

Also Larry Hamm was the keynote speaker and always delivers a powerful message.

It was great to welcome some of our former Executive Leadership back with our current leadership tonight.

Our former 1st VP Kim Scott-Hayden received received the 1st Jacqui Greadington Human & Civil Rights Award for her many years as an ECEA officer and in all levels in education profession.



FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2022

On Friday, May 6, 2022 the ECEA E.S.P. Committee held its 1st Annual E.S.P. Gala!

We celebrated our own and former 1st VP Kim Scott, our 2022 Essex County ESP of the year Trisha Butts. We are always excited to welcome home Madam NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson who was our Keynote Speaker.


On Sunday, May 1, 2022 some of our Executive Team 1st VP Christine Willette Candarella , Pride Chair Lauren Greenfield and 2nd VP Chris Cannella attended the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the NJREA.

The Pride Committee Sponsored a Gender Sexuality Alliance Forum

On Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Donald M. Payne Sr. Tech High School our Pride committee and chairperson Micah Gary-Fryer sponsored a Gender Sexuality Alliance Forum for educators, students, parents and other allies event. It was an amazing turnout!



We held our annual Legislative Dinner on Tuesday, April, 5, 2022 that took place at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville, NJ. This was our first in-person event since the pandemic.

We had a few invited guest: Senator Nia Gill , Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake , Assemblyman Ralph Caputo and Assemblyman John McKeon who provided insight and answered questions from members.

There were few presentations as well...

ECEA presented the Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition and appreciation of his years of outstanding service to the members of Essex County EA.

Also our Government Relations Co-Chair Jackie White was presented for her distinguished service to Education by an Educator in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding service to children and education professionals at all levels of endeavors.

We continued to celebrate our President Anthony Rosamilia on his dedication and service to all member of Essex County.

Our own Madam NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson provided another motivation speech of owning your POWER and encouraged  all members to contribute to PAC.

We closed out the  evening with our Congressional Contact Co-Chair Jennifer Bailey providing positive remarks.

Thank you to our Government Relations Co-Chairs Jackie White and Chris Cannella for a great event!

Congratulations to our 1st VP Christine Candarella for being honored on Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Essex County Democratic Committee Labor Breakfast with the 2022 Labor Award.

Our Essex County Delegates took a moment from the Delegate Assembly on Saturday, March 19, 2022  to take a photo with NJEA Secretary-Treasurer

  Petal Robertson 


Congratulations to our 2nd VP Chris Cannella for being elected to the NEA Board of Directors at the NJEA Delegate Assembly that took place on Saturday, March 19, 2022

ECEA's Membership & New Member Engagement Committees

Virtual Paint & Sip Event Recap

ECEA's Membership (Linda Kelly-Gamble-Chair) & New Member Engagement Committees (Stephanie Ross-Chair) held a virtual Paint & Sip Event on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Natasha of The Loaded Canvas provided a great experience by engaging members with  a Valentine's theme painting.

They had over 40 members in attendance; however, 65 members signed up. Natasha of Loaded Canvas  emailed those that were not in attendance a step-by-step instructional video to follow at their leisure.  Lastly, this event contributed to better mental health with her patience and kind voice of our Artist Natasha. 


Check out the  February 2022 Issue of the NJEA Review. Another great article under the Rainbow Connection where our LGBTQ+ Chair & NJEA SOGI Committee-Essex Chair Micah Gary-Fryer details his story and journey of his identity of his pedagogy.



Check out the  February 2022 Issue of the NJEA Review. Congrats to our Pride Chair for writing an article on how Irvington EA Pride Committee “feeds minds, body and souls of the community.


At ECEA's Rep. Council held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 we recognized and celebrated Livingston EA for being the co-winners of the 2021 NJEA Jim George Collective Bargaining Award.

We were able to celebrate and recognize Theresa Maughan the 2021-2022 NJ State Teacher of the Year who is a High School Social Studies teacher at East Orange STEM Academy at ECEA's Rep. Council Meeting held on Thursday,

December 16, 2021


Our Executive Team was in California for the NCUEA Conference that took place from December 1-4, 2021. They took time to share a moment with Morgan Jerkins who is a NJ native and a New York Times bestselling author of "Wandering in Strange Lands" and Senior Culture Editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated.

On Friday, November 12, 2021 our Essex County members led the way with Keith Hinton as the Health & Safety Committee Chair and Phi McCormick as the keynote speaker at the NJEA Health & Safety Conference.


On Saturday, November 6, 2021 our Essex County delegates finished out the 2021 NJEA Convention by attending the NJEA Delegate Assembly where they were able to share a moment with our own NJEA Madam Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson

On Friday, November 5, 2021 during the 2021 NJEA Convention our President Anthony Rosamilia addressed the NJ State BOE and Acting Commissioner about the current issues that our educators and students are facing.


Many of our Essex County members were part of the NJEA 200K Conversations that was a idea last year during the summer of 2020. The Initiative and purpose is to reach out to members across the state to start a dialogue on  "How is it going". During this past Summer 2021 every member received a phone call during the 200k Conversation.

After meeting virtually for the past year, the members along with NJEA VP Steve Beatty, NJEA staff Mayrose Wegmann and Thomas Hardy were able to have a meetup at the 2021 NJEA Convention to pose for a picture.

Members took time to fellowship on the floor at the 2021 NJEA Convention that took place on Thursday, November 4 - Friday, November 5, 2021 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

On November 1, 2021 (Election Eve) Our Treasurer Christine Candarella and our PR/Webmaster Sabina Ells attended the final GOTV rally held in South Orange with NJEA  VP Steve Beatty, Tamara Beatty, NJEA Preservice President and NJEA Staff Mike Flynn.

On Monday, November 1, 2021 our members made phone calls  for the final GOTV to other members.

Congratulations to the Livingston Education Association for being the co-winner of the 2021 NJEA Jim George Collective Bargaining Award.

We are excited for our county President Anthony Rosamilia and the members of Livingston EA.

On Saturday, October 30, 2021 our Government Relations co-chairs Chris Cannella and Jackie White was with NJEA Vice-President Steve Beatty and Congressional Contact co-chair Cameron Parke were in Maplewood, NJ canvassing and Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill stopped by to join in on canvassing. 

On Saturday, October 23, 2021 some of our members attended the Early Vote Rally with President Obama in Newark, NJ.

Our members got to share the space with NJEA President Sean Spiller and Madam Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson.

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021 our PR/Webmaster who is also an NJEA Members of Color (MOC) Influencer Sabina Ellis  organized a Postcards for Murphy event at Four City Brewing Company in Orange, NJ.

Members came in to fill out postcards that to encourage members to vote to re-elect Gov. Phil Murphy.

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021 the Government Relations held the 2nd Gubernatorial Watch Party at the Appian Way.

On Saturday, October 9, 2021 the Government Relations Committee Co-chairs (Jackie White & Chris Cannella)  organized a lawn sign pick-up event at the office. The office was filled with active members and retirees picking up Governor Phil Murphy lawn signs and writing out postcards to members explaining the reasons why we should re-elect Gov. Phil Murphy.

We also had Madam Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson stop by.

Members Around The County

Our Government Relations Co-Chairs Jackie White and Chris Cannella (2nd VP) lead a group of members canvassing to re-elect Governor Murphy and support other NJEA endorsed candidates on Saturday, September 25, 2021 in West Orange

One of the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Contact Team Jennifer Bailey attended a Democratic Breakfast Fundraiser earlier this month.

Picture No. 1 -   with Joseph DiVincenzo, Essex County Executive

Picture No. 2 -  Jennifer with Assemblyman Thomas Giblin

Picture No. 3 - Jennifer with Congressman Donald Payne, Jr.

Celebration of Labor

Friday, September 10, 2021

On Friday, September 10th at Newark City Hall our Executive Team and members of Essex County EA took part at the 30th Annual Celebration of Labor that honored Governor Phil Murphy (Grand Marshall) and NJEA President and Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller (Deputy Grand Marshall)


On Wednesday, August 4, 2021 our leadership team attended an event in Montclair to honor outgoing NJEA President Marie Blistan which was hosted by NJEA President-elect and Mayor of Montclair Sean Spiller.

From left-right

2nd VP Chris Cannella, 1st VP Kimberly Scott , former Montclair Education Association President & NJEA Secretary-Treasurer elect Petal Robertson , NJEA President Marie Blistan . President Anthony Rosamilia and Treasurer Christine Candarella

2021 Virtual NEA RA

NJEA-Essex County Delegates

Carly LaPierre of Irvington EA and Amanda Eineker of Bloomfield EA are members of our ECEA Pride team volunteered on Thursday, April 8, 2021 to help with the Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event that took place at Donald M. Payne Sr. School of Technology with Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.