Steve Beatty, a twenty-five year high school social studies teacher in the Bridgewater-Raritan school district, is secretary-treasurer of the New Jersey Education Association. Beatty was elected to his second two-year term in September 2019.
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 sits on several NJEA committees, including Health Benefits, Membership, School Finance, Worksite Safety & Health and the ACEs Task Force, which he chairs. 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) and the Center for Future Educators (CFE) at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).
As secretary-treasurer, Beatty led in the fight to secure Chapter 78 relief, as well as ESP job justice legislation – now law. He continues to focus on addressing the needs of all members, preservice to retired, as well as working to expand collective bargaining rights, restoring a fair evaluation system and insuring full funding of public employee pensions. He has spent the last three years traveling the state to listen to members’ issues and needs, as well as heads NJEA’s current 200,000 Conversations project. Beatty passionately aids in the fight for racial, social, and economic justice issues, working on organizational initiatives like “Undoing Racism”, NJEA’s Members of Color and REAL Movement, as well as LGBTQ+ curriculum implementation with partners Garden State Equality and the Bayard-Rustin Center. Beatty also chairs the NJEA ACEs Task Force and proudly works with Social and Emotional Learning For New Jersey (SEL4NJ) and the Rutgers Social-Emotional Character Development Lab.
Beatty and his wife Tamara, a teacher and president of the Cinnaminson Education Association, live in Martinsville with his two children, Morgan and Lindsay. He is currently a Bridgewater Township Democratic Committeeman and active in both the Bernards Township and Bridgewater-Raritan Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO).