Secretary to Resolutions Committee: Anthony Elia Plans, Reflects, and Gives Thanks

by Anthony Elia, The College of New Jersey

img_6579Being elected to the Resolutions Committee means a great deal to me as a future educator and current leader. In our country, educators are facing many difficult decisions and political challenges, and I look forward to making changes and being part of various solutions to advance the profession. As part of the National Education Association (NEA) Resolutions Committee, I plan to represent the ideas, beliefs, and values of all members of our association to the absolute best of my ability. For me, it is imperative that I not only lead and inspire our members but also defend our philosophies, opinions, and principles. Through this position, I hope to expand my knowledge in regards to the political climate of education, exercise my leadership skills, and learn how I can further utilize those leadership skills. I believe that this position will allow me to improve myself as an educator for my future students, and I hope to share my knowledge with my friends and colleagues that will be/are educators. To do this, a major goal I have is to bring the information I gather back to my organization, the New Jersey Preservice Education Association (NJSEA), and use it to assist NJSEA to rise strong.

img_6580Prior to being elected for the NEA Resolutions Committee, the process has been a challenging but exciting one, and I could not have accomplished my goal of receiving this position without the overwhelming support from friends, family, NJSEA, and my dedicated campaign observer, Mariah Belber. My gratitude towards all those who have supported my journey is truly inexpressible, but I want to extend my deepest appreciation to everyone that has been involved. I am really grateful for all of you that have been part of this experience with me.

My gratitude towards all those who have supported my journey is truly inexpressible, but I want to extend my deepest appreciation to everyone that has been involved. I am wholly grateful for all of you that have been part of this experience with me.

While I had an exhilarating time working on the campaign with friends, colleagues, and family, there were obstacles that arose along the way. The most challenging aspect of the campaign process for the NEA Resolutions Committee was preparing a speech for a large audience at the NEA Student Program Leadership Conference. I wanted certainty that I was addressing all the most vital aspects of my campaign and perfect my public speaking, making sure not to trip over words in front of a large audience. It was an opportunity that aided in my growth as a leader. After all of the difficulties and the high points of the process and getting through the speech, I feel more confident in accepting this role and look forward to working with current and future leaders.
While I had an exhilarating time working on the campaign with friends, colleagues, and family, there were obstacles that arose along the way. The most challenging aspect of the campaign process for the NEA Resolutions Committee was preparing a speech for a large audience at the NEA Student Program Leadership Conference. I wanted certainty that I was addressing all the most vital aspects of my campaign and perfect my public speaking, making sure not to trip over words in front of a large audience. It was an opportunity that aided in my growth as a leader. After all of the difficulties and the high points of the process and getting through the speech, I feel more confident in accepting this role and look forward to working with current and future leaders.img_6581

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