Blistan, Spiller and Beatty prepare to take the reins
NJEA members have elected three educators from among their ranks to serve as statewide officers for two-year terms beginning this September.
Marie Blistan, a special education resource center teacher from Washington Township in Gloucester County, was elected president of the 200,000-member NJEA. Blistan currently serves as NJEA’s vice president, a position she has held since 2013 following a four-year stint as secretary-treasurer. Before her election to NJEA office in 2009, Blistan served as president of the Gloucester County Education Association and held a number of offices in the Washington Township Education Association including, among many other positions, executive vice president and grievance chair. Prior to teaching in Washington Township, Blistan was a teacher in Somerdale, where she served as president of the Somerdale Education Association.
Blistan will succeed Wendell Steinhauer, whose term expires on Aug. 31.
Spiller elected vice president
Sean M. Spiller, a science teacher at Wayne Valley High School in Passaic County, will be NJEA’s next vice president, following four years as secretary-treasurer. Before his election to NJEA office in 2013, the former president of the Wayne Education Association, held a number of other leadership roles in NJEA, including serving on the Delegate Assembly, NJEA’s policy-making body. Spiller is also a councilman in Montclair.
Beatty elected secretary-treasurer
Steven Beatty, a social studies teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Somerset County, is the newest addition to the NJEA leadership team. Beatty is currently the president of the Somerset County and the Bridgewater-Raritan education associations, and holds a number of other leadership roles in NJEA, including serving as chair of the Government Relations Committee and on the Delegate Assembly.
NJEA officers are elected by a vote of the entire membership and serve a maximum of two consecutive two-year terms in each office.