Sean Spiller, a high school science teacher in the Wayne public schools, is vice president of the New Jersey Education Association. Spiller was elected as NJEA vice president beginning Sept. 1, 2017.
At NJEA, Spiller has served as chair of the Congressional Contact Committee, as a member of the Urban Education Committee and as an ethnic minority-at large representative to the Delegate Assembly. He was also a member of the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA).
Prior to his 2013 election to NJEA secretarytreasurer, Spiller served as an executive board member of the Passaic County Education Association (2005-2013), and as president (2007- 2013) and negotiations team member of the Wayne Education Association. He also served the local as a team member for professional rights and responsibilities and public relations/communications, launching production of the association newsletter and website.
From 2010-2013, he worked part-time for NJEA as a UniServ consultant, helping to negotiate association contracts in Region 27, which encompasses all of Passaic County. Spiller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University (1997) and a Master’s degree in educational technology from Ramapo College (2005).
An avid sports fan, Spiller began his career as an assistant editor for the Associated Press in New York City (1997-1998). In addition, Spiller served as captain of the Rutgers University ice hockey team, leading the Scarlet Knights to two championships. He also has served as a coach for local travel and high school teams, as well as the Rutgers University women’s ice hockey team. Spiller’s focus as NJEA vice president is on helping members become more involved at the community level in confronting the challenges that face public education and school employees. He sees the burden placed on middle-class families today as one of the most critical issues to be addressed.
He and his wife Lauren, also a public school teacher, live in Montclair where, since May 2012, he has served as a member of the town council. He is also a member of the Montclair Business Improvement District, a member of the Montclair NAACP, the League of Women Voters and many other local groups and organizations. Spiller is the current host of “Classroom Closeup, NJ”, NJEA’s Emmy award-winning weekly television show.