East Windsor Education Association President Ellen Ogintz was honored by East Windsor Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Hightstown Mayor Lawrence Quattrone with the Mayors’ Shining Star Individual Award at a May 20 gala at the East Windsor Holiday Inn. The event marked the 50th anniversary of Better Beginnings, a nonprofit organization that serves economically disadvantaged children in East Windsor and Hightstown.
Ogintz was recognized for her 38 years of service as a teacher and for her previous achievements as a Mercer County Teacher of the Year and Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year. As EWEA president, Ogintz was honored for leading the local association’s community service activities such as bringing to East Windsor the resources of the NJEA Families and Schools Work Together for Children program and deep community involvement through the NJEA PRIDE in Public Education program.
“I am a shining star only because of the reflection of the stars around me: my family, my friends, my colleagues and my union,” Ogintz said. “Together we shine.” Marie Blistan, now NJEA president, Sean M. Spiller, now NJEA Vice President, and Steve Beatty, now NJEA secretary-treasurer, attended the event to honor Ogintz’s long dedication to NJEA members in EWEA and across the state.