INTERVIEWER: Let me start by saying congratulations on your recent graduation and good luck on your current job search. I know you completed your undergraduate degree as a Secondary Education English major; being from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) myself, I always felt that the elementary education students are much larger crowd than secondary. What drew you to secondary education? And why English? KALIE MEHAFFY: I agree with you that the elementary education program is much larger than the secondary! To be honest, high school was difficult for me, but I had teachers that treated me as an adult. They made my struggles and emotions feel validated and pushed me to succeed and reach my fullest potential, which was exactly what I needed at the time. Having so many teachers in high school that positively impacted my life made it obvious early on that for me secondary education was the correct path. I want to be the supportive teacher for my future students – students that may need that extra push and understanding. As to why I decided on English, well, I just love literature! I love examining characters, analyzing the text, discussing different moments in the plot, and enjoying a good piece of literature with others. There is so much someone can learn from literature, no matter the genre, and it can give us new ways of connecting and understanding the world. If I can give even a fraction of the joy that I get from literature to my students then I will be happy.Continue reading “February Ambassador Highlight: Kalie Mehaffy”
by Samantha Selikoff, NJEA Relations Chair, The College of New Jersey
To be entirely honest, my decision to attend the Women’s March in Washington D.C. was one filled with some doubt and great deliberation. Part of this hesitation stemmed from the citizens protesting the day prior at President Trump’s Inauguration, but in the end, I am happy and grateful that I attended the Women’s March as it is an event I will fondly remember years later. Continue reading “NJSEA Chair, Samantha Selikoff Attends Women’s March in Washington D.C.”
INTERVIEWER: To begin, how did you become involved with NJSEA? And, further, what led to your acceptance of the Social Media Chair position? MARIAH BELBER: I got involved on the state level during my freshman year. I volunteered at the NJEA convention in 2013 and afterwards joined as a state ambassador. I started the NJSEA Pinterest page two years ago and worked with other members to build resources on the site and get the Pinterest page to become more well known and visited. When the position for Social Media Chair arose, I took what seemed like a logical next step for me.
INTERVIEWER: I remember you really spearheading that Pinterest page when I first started working with the organization, and I commend you for all the work you’ve put into it. It seems that working with social media comes naturally for you, so what is the best thing about your chair position? BELBER: Well, social media is really fun! It is great being able to use my position to connect all local chapters and the state level organization through sharing our awesome accomplishments, upcoming events, or articles and videos that members from different areas and ranks can comment and have a conversation about. I also really enjoy that through my position I have been able to connect with a lot of the active local chapter presidents and NJEA staff because I have truly learned so much from them.Continue reading “January Ambassador Highlight, Social Media Chair, Mariah Belber”