The membership of the Montclair Education Association (MEA) re-elected its president, Gayl Shepard, to a second three-year term by an overwhelming majority. Shepard’s second term begins July 1, 2014 and runs through June 30, 2017.
“I am proud to represent the Montclair Education Association for another term,” commented Shepard. “I will lead this union of dedicated educators as we work collaboratively with the Montclair School District and Montclair Community to provide the best education for every public school student.”
In its press release, the MEA lists Shepard’s accomplishments during her first three-year term (2011-2014) as:
- Successful negotiation of the 2013-2015 contract between the MEA and the Montclair School District; the contract included no loss of MEA positions and the reinstatement of health benefits for most paraprofessionals;
- Appointment to the National Education Association (NEA) Governance Review Committee; and 2014 NEA Northeast Institute
- Appointment to the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Human Rights Committee;
- Honored as a 2014 Ambassador by the Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation;
- Recipient of a 2014 Shirley Chisolm Award for her work in education.
In the same election, Montclair High School teacher Petal Robertson was elected to the position of Vice President of the Montclair Education Association. Robertson also will serve a three-year term.
The Montclair Education Association is comprised of more than 1,000 educators (ninety-two percent of the Montclair School District’s employees), including teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, secretaries, custodians, technicians, buildings and grounds personnel, and security personnel.