Steve Beatty, a high school social studies teacher in the Bridgewater-Raritan school district, is secretary-treasurer of the New Jersey Education Association. Beatty was elected to a two-year term effective September 1, 2017.
Prior to becoming an NJEA officer, Beatty served as president of the Somerset County Education Association (2013-17), and as president of the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association (2004-17). Beatty also held positions as second vice president, grievance chair, and a member of the negotiations team in Bridgewater-Raritan throughout his teaching career.
At NJEA, Beatty acted as chair of the NJEA Government Relations Committee (2011-17), secretary-treasurer for the County Presidents Council, and represented Somerset County on the NJEA Delegate Assembly. He was a member of the inaugural Union School class (2000) and Summer Fellows program (2016), and served on the NJEA gubernatorial screening committee.
Beatty holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers University (1992) and a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College (1998). In addition, Beatty earned a Public Sector Labor Relations Certificate from Rutgers Labor Relations School and a Labor Relations Collective Bargaining Certificate from the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School.
A guitarist and athlete, Beatty’s was named Star- Ledger’s 2003-04 Swim Coach of the Year. He is also an avid cyclist, hiker and kayaker, and is a season ticket holder for the NY Giants. Beatty loves to travel and was a coordinator of the English Exchange programme to Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire, England.
The general duties of the NJEA Secretary- Treasurer include overseeing all funds of the association, including the pension fund. Beatty will sit on several NJEA committees, including Health Benefits, Membership, School Finance, and the Worksite Safety & Health. He will also join his fellow officers as a member of the Government Relations, NJEA Political Action Committee (PAC), and Strengthening Locals committees. Part of his responsibilities includes serving as liaison to the New Jersey Retired Educators Association (NJREA).
In his capacity as secretary-treasurer, Beatty’s focus is on addressing the needs of all members, preservice to retired, as well as working to expand collective bargaining rights, ending Chapter 78, restoring a fair evaluation system, and insuring full funding of public employee pensions. He believes that electing pro-public education candidates is a priority and will aid in the fight for social and economic justice issues.
Beatty is engaged to Tamara Gross, a teacher and president of the Cinnaminson Education Association. They live in Martinsville with his two children, Morgan and Lindsay. He is currently a trustee of the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Foundation and active in both the Bernards Township and Bridgewater-Raritan Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO).