November has started as a very rewarding month. We are extremely proud of your organizing efforts for this year’s elections. Although not all races went the way we hoped, many PAC endorsed candidates were elected or reelected to office. I know everyone was grateful for your support. This year’s NJEA Convention was a fantastic event. We at BCEA are so proud of the many presenters from districts around the county including: Laura McClintock, Burlington Twp EA; Dawn Lambert, City of Burlington EA; Balvir Singh, City of Burlington EA; Brenda Martin-Lee, Lenape Regional EA; Charles Candy, Medford EA; Sharon Conway, Medford EA; Kamalathara Srikanth, North Hanover Twp EA; Jillian Bencivengo, Springfield Twp EA; our own 1st VP,Donna O’Malley, Tabernacle EA; and Victoria Flack , Willingboro EA who was initially left off our list. We apologize Victoria. It is great to see so many presenters from Burlington County.
I would also like to take a moment and congratulate the Willingboro Education Association who was honored by not only winning a Hipp Grant this year but two former Willingboro graduates were also presented the Award for Excellence. The Hipp Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that will enhance and improve learning. Willingboro’s Project Wild received a $4,780.00 grant. Students at Twin Hills Elementary School will benefit from this grant, thanks to their teachers Janene K. Onyango, Amy Howell, Shamiel Clay, Kecia Cook, Karen Snyder, Cathy Jones-Alaouf, Nicole Gregory and Professional Development Specialist Jennifer Brandon. This team is trained by a Project Wild Facilitator from the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Major General Charles W. Hooper, a 1975 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and Brigadier General Alberto C. Rosende, a 1980 graduate of Willingboro High School were both presented with the 2015 Award for Excellence. Major General Hooper is the senior U.S. military officer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Brigadier General Rosende is the commander of the Atlantic Division, 75th Training Command on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The entire community must be proud of these two superior men.
Congratulations to the entire Willingboro EA led by President, Vicki Benedict, you are a great example of the leadership that thrives in Burlington County.
Look for more pictures of this event as well as the NJEA Convention in the Picture Gallery.
Myself and the other BCEA Officers (Donna, Anthony, Tamara and Andrew), along with our Administrative Assistant (Maryann) and Office Assistant (Linda) are ready and willing to assist you in any way we can. Have a terrific month. Enjoy our new website. Come back often and utilize the resources and information available.