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NJEA celebrates ESP achievements

Published on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mary Lubrano & Sean Spiller 
 NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller presents Freehold Regional paraprofessional Mary Lubrano with the NJEA Career Achievement Award.

A head custodian, a paraprofessional, a retired NJEA staff member, and a former NJEA president shared honors at the 2014 NJEA Educational Support Professionals (ESP) Conference during a celebration dinner held on Feb. 1.

Matt Brigandi, a head custodian at Linwood Middle School and vice president of the North Brunswick Township Education Association, is the 2014 NJEA ESP of the Year. NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer introduced Brigandi, recounting his advocacy to protect members during a privatization threat and his leadership in the school and community.

Steinhauer said that Brigandi is a great advocate for his members, a man students can depend on, and the kind of citizen every community is glad to have.

“Every day I strive to build respect between our certificated staff members and our ESP members,”Birgandi said. “Once the certificated staff can connect with us and build and alliance, together we can gain the respect of our communities and fight privatization.”

A feature story on Brigandi can be found in this month’s NJEA Review.

Mary Lubrano, a paraprofessional and member of the Freehold Regional High School Education Association received the 2014 NJEA Career Achievement Award. As a paraprofessional, Lubrano has been assigned to serve a broad variety of student needs, but has most frequent worked in special needs students on a one-to-one basis.

Lubrano also serves special needs students in after-school programs and has been a strong advocate for association members’ rights at the state and local level.

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