Marie Blistan, a high school special education resource center teacher in Washington Township public schools, is the Vice President of the New Jersey Education Association. Blistan previously served as NJEA’s secretary-treasurer. She was elected to a two-year term effective Sept. 1, 2013.
Active in NJEA since early in her career, Blistan served as president of the Gloucester County Education Association. She has held numerous county committee positions and successfully spearheaded opposition to an involuntary pilot program to consolidate all of Gloucester County’s school districts. She was an NJEA consultant in the UniServ and Professional Development and Instructional Issues divisions.
Blistan co-founded and was the chair of the Gloucester County Education Commission, where she created a positive forum for NJEA members to meet with legislators on selected topics that affect both members and public education. Blistan has held numerous leadership positions in two local associations and was the 1987 Somerdale and Camden County Teacher of the Year.
Blistan’s focus as NJEA vice president is for NJEA and all its members—certificated, support professionals, retired, and student members— to continue to take the lead on the discussion of New Jersey’s education progress in order to provide the best experience possible for all public school children.
A graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University,) Blistan earned a Master’s degree in reading. She and her husband Bob, a retired high school special education teacher in Washington Township, live in Harrisonville. She has two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Blistan has taught in New Jersey for 35 years.