It is an honor to introduce myself as your new REA President. I look forward to working with everyone in order to bring unity and consistency to our district. For the past ten years, I have held the position of classroom teacher at Washington Elementary School and understand what our current situation is and what our needs truly are. I will try my best to fulfill my top goals this year:
• Work with the Board Negotiating Team as a member of the REA Negotiation Team to negotiate a reasonable contract that reflects your top concerns of pay increase, Chapter 78 relief and a fair work load
• Establish open lines of communication between the REA and the Central Office
• Develop and maintain a partnership with administration to ensure the guidelines of our contract are being followed thus decreasing the amount of grievances
In order to accomplish these goals, we must work together. Please make your voices heard by attending Board of Education meetings, REA meetings or reaching out to your union representatives. REA meetings will be held at Washington Elementary School in room 10 on the 4th Monday of the month beginning at 3:30. (A specific schedule including all dates will follow once finalized.)
In addition, I have appointed Valerie Jozef, as our new REA treasurer. Ms. Jozef is a first grade teacher at Harrison Elementary School and I believe she will be a great addition to our Executive Board. I would like to extend a huge thank you to those who have reached out and have shown an interest in the position.
If you need to contact me, please feel free to reach out to me with any concerns at (908) 244-4215 or at REAPresident2018@gmail.com.