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In November 2019, we celebrated our 2020 Educational Support Professionals (ESP) of the Year at our annual celebration held at Perona Farms.  Congratulations to all of our local honorees – we appreciate all that you do each day!!

Lynn Delfing – Child Study Team Secretary (Andover), Kerri Lyman – Classroom Assistant (Byram), Kathleen Wilson – Media Center Paraprofessional (Frankford), Anita Delihasani – Classroom Assistant (Franklin), Linda DeGraw – Classroom Assistant (Green), Cheryl Armstrong – Classroom Assistant (Hampton), Debbie Coltenback – Classroom Assistant (Hardyston), Cindy Zajac – Classroom Assistant (High Point), Lynn Masterson – Clerical Aide/Attendance (Hopatcong), Stacy Yanko – Guidance Secretary (HOPA)*, Raymond Palmisano – Maintenance (Kittatinny), Patti Frese – Classroom Assistant (Lafayette), Kim Hart – Classroom Assistant (Montague), Ashley Ahearn – Classroom Assistant (Newton), Karen Carney – Classroom Assistant (Ogdensburg), Sue Dick – Classroom Assistant (Sparta), Bonnie Gutwein – Classroom Assistant (Stanhope), Catherine Patterson –  Classroom Assistant (Sussex Tech), Ruth Mason – Bus Driver (Sussex Wantage), Kristen Genneken – Principal’s Secretary (Vernon).  *2020 SCEA & NJEA ESP of the Year

Enjoy photos from the SCEA ESP Celebration below:

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On November 21, 2019, McKeown Elementary School held a Poetry Cafe.  It was a great success!  Thank you to Justine Giovanetti and her students for sharing a picture from their event with us!  🙂


Governor Murphy with members of the SCEA, NJEA Staff and the Morris County Council of Education Associations (MCCEA) at the MCCEA ESP Celebration on Wednesday, November 13th.

MCCEA Overnight – Google Boot Camp – November 15-November 16, 2019 – Minerals Hotel

*Send us your pictures & we will post them here!  Email them to stacy.yanko@hotmail.com or text them to 973-222-4662*

Some images from the 2019 New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey 

Good News!!

Congratulations to Thom LoGiudice of the Vernon Township Education Association for receiving the Margit Feldman Teaching Award!  Click on the following link to read more:  https://www.vernontea.org/2019/06/27/thom-logiudice-recieves-margit-feldman-teaching-award/

Summer Happenings:

We hope that all of you are enjoying your summer!  Whether you are working or not, the school year will be here before you know it.  We want to share a few things with you….

First, our Sussex County representatives to the National Education Association Representative Assembly (NEARA) did a wonedrful job (as always!).  This year the NEARA was held in Houston, Texas.  Our representatives spent the first week in July voting on important issues that affect all of us.  A big thank you to all of our representatives!!  See a picture of our reps below as well as our own NJEA Executive Committee member, Susan Davis, with NEA Vice President, Princess Moss:

Next, the county calendar is in the process of being updated.  Currently, the calendar has scheduled events from September 2019 through February 2020.  The remaining dates will be on the calendar SOON!!  Please check back.  Registration will be required for each meeting and event.  For events that require online registration, you must print out your registration ticket for entry the day of the event/meeting, and it must have your name on it.  We will continue to use the current registration process; however, if a change is needed, we will make it.  Please note that, in most cases, the deadline to register will be noted in the event description.  Please do not hesitate to contact our webmaster, Stacy Yanko, at stacy.yanko@hotmail.com or 973-222-4662, should you have any questions regarding the website or registration. 

Coming soon….Twitter and Instagram.  Stay tuned!

As always, thank you for all that you do!  Enjoy the rest of your summer & we look forward to seeing you soon!   


Oh, What a Night!  Saturday, June 15 was SCEA’s Public School Heroes/Heroines Night at Skylands Ball Park

Our student essay contest winners and their heroes/heroines were honored on the field where they received a certificate and copy of their essays.  Hero John Demko, Sparta School Security Guard, got to throw out the first pitch, too!  Way to go, John!

This wonderful evening was made possible by our NJEA Executive Committee member, Susan Davis, who obtained a NJEA Pride Grant and planned and ran the evening with support and assistance from SCEA Executive Committee as well as the wonderful staff of the Sussex County Miners and Skylands Ball Park.  Susan even won a beautiful bouquet of flowers which was presented to her during the game by Herbie the Miner!

Below you will find the list of the essay contest winners along with their heroes/heroines as well as pictures from the event:

Grades K – 2:  Leilani Tynes, Green Hills School, Heroine:  Mrs. Kelli McKeown, 2nd Grade Teacher

Grades 3 – 6:  Lauren Horn, McKeown School, Hampton School District, Heroine:  Mrs. Linda Kadar, 4th Grade Teacher

Grades 6 – 8:  John Finkeldie, Sparta Middle School, Hero:  John Demko, School Security Guard

Grades 9 – 12:  DeeKota Eby, Kittatinny High School, Hero:  Scott Smith, Science Teacher

To view a video of John Demko throwing out the first pitch, click on this link:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/HQC1izw2k7M6iwg66


May 23, 2019:  The NJ State Assembly passed both Job Justice Bills for Educational Support Professionals (ESP) – the bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, paraprofessionals, food service workers, technology specialists, security, maintenance and everyone else who contribute to our students’ health, safety and education.

A-3395, which will prevent school boards from privatizing ESPs during an active collective bargaining agreement, passed the Assembly by a vote of 70-6.

A-3664, which will provide due process rights to ESPs, passed the Assembly by a vote of 75-5-1.

Congratulations and thank you to all of our members who have worked tirelessly to organize around these bills.

Unfortunately, as you will see by the photos below, we did not have support from our Assemblymen in District 24.  While Assemblyman Hal Wirths voted yes to A-3664, he voted no to A-3395, and Assemblyman Parker Space voted no to both bills.  

By not supporting both bills, they are not supporting our members.  We must continue to educate our elected officials and let them know that we expect better & more from them!!

Legislative Day of Action – May 15, 2019

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019 SCEA NJEA Government Relations Committee member, Vicki Smith, along with other SCEA members and NJEA staff members participated in the Legislative Day of Action by visiting the District 24 Legislative Office.  While they were unable to meet with Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space or Assemblyman Harold Wirths directly, they had the opportunity to share valuable information with their representative regarding issues such as the ESP bills and the Fix the Unfairness campaign.  Union Strong!!

25 Year Recognition Dinner – May 16, 2019

On Thursday, May 16, we held our annual recognition dinner at Lake Mohawk Country Club in Sparta, NJ.  This wonderful event honored educators with 25 years of service, the ESP of the Year, Teacher of the Year and the Warren D. Cummings Award recipient.  In addition, two Sussex County High School seniors were each awarded with a $1,500 scholarship for entering into the field of education.  Both the Iva Valler and Kathy Del Ben Scholarships are presented by the SCEA with the Kathy Del Ben Scholarship being generously funded by Visions Federal Credit Union.   Below you will find the complete list of honorees along with some pictures from the event:

25 Year Honorees:  Franklin – Alison Hendershot, Hamburg – Darby Kolb and Dorothy Smalley, Hampton – Fern Morrison, High Point – Lisa Frisbie, Hopatcong – Karen Carroll and Doreen Sciabica, Kittatinny – Ellen Kolonoski, Lenape Valley – Janet Bardello and Patricia Ingram, Montague – Jody Taylor, Sparta – Myriam Dobles, Suzanne Smith and Catherine Wille, Stillwater – Beth Johnson, Sussex Tech – Jeffrey Morris, Vernon – Kim Fishman, Jennifer Moskovitz, Susan Rebisz and Laura Ryder, Sussex Wantage – Mary Ann Lord and Sharon Wesselius, and Wallkill Valley – Amy Fairweather.

Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year:  Kim Walsh, Sussex Wantage

Sussex County Teacher of the Year:  Jennifer Caputo, Sparta

Warren D. Cummings Award:  Lorie Anne Jeskey, Montague

Iva Valler Scholarship recipient:  Kaitlyn Donnelly, Hopatcong High School

Kathy Del Ben Scholarship recipient:  Leah Slobodzian, Kittatinny High School

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SCEA Locals Wear Red 4 EdWe Love Our Public Schools!!


Green, Hampton, Montague, Hardyston and Sussex Wantage members wearing their red!

We Are Worth It & We Stand United!

Lobbying for our members….

NJEA-SCEA Executive Committee member, Susan Davis, doing her part to help get legislation passed to support our Educational Support Professionals (ESP).  Thank you Susan!!

Educational Support Professional (ESP) Celebration – January 10, 2019

Our ESP Celebration was held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Perona Farms.  Thank you to all who attended – over 200 members –  as well as our special guests.  In addition, a big THANK YOU to all of our locals who donated raffle prizes and Visions Federal Credit Union for their generous donation and continued support!!

Congratulations to all of our local ESP of the Year nominees as well as to our Sussex County Education Association ESP of the Year for 2019, Kim Walsh, from Sussex-Wantage!!  



SCEA President and Vice President, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer, Steve Beatty, along with our local ESPs of the Year including our SCEA ESP of the Year for 2019, Kim Walsh of Sussex -Wantage.







⇐ SCEA Vice President Gillian Raye with SCEA-NJEA Executive Committee member Susan Davis the 2019 NJEA Friend of ESP recipient.



SCEA Officers and Executive Committee member with John Staab, our guest speaker and NJEA UniServ Field Representative from Region 2 in Mullica Hill serving Cumberland and Gloucester Counties. Thank you, John!!

2019 ESP of the Year nominees:  Cyndi Bresney (paraprofessional) from Green, Denise DeSalvia (paraprofessional) from Vernon, Carmine Gonnella (paraprofessional) from Kittatinny, Mark Hartmann (custodian) from Newton, Marissa Kressman (paraprofessional) from Hopatcong, Lorraine Lapinski (paraprofessional) from Frankford, Ana Marrazzo (secretary) from Hopatcong Office Personnel Association, Peter Martin (paraprofessional) from Montague, Paula McGrath (paraprofessional) from Hampton, Sharon Monell (secretary) from Sussex Tech, Isabella Pagan (paraprofessional) from Hardyston, Barbara Serpone (paraprofessional) from Sparta, Kerry Schneider (paraprofessional) from Byram, Sue Vitella (paraprofessional) from Lafayette, Susan Polillo (paraprofessional) from Stanhope, and Kim Walsh (paraprofessional) from Sussex-Wantage – 2019 SCEA ESP of the Year

See the “Spotlight on Members” page for more pictures from these wonderful events!

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**PLEASE NOTE:  Should you need to contact the SCEA, please email ssawey@njea.org or call/text 973-534-9763.   Thank you!