Candidate’s statement

“Our union thrives when we advocate for ALL members—creating opportunities, protecting rights, and fighting for what our members deserve. As a local president, I recognized the need for my members to have a safe workspace, so I organized a successful job action to keep my members protected. I saw a need to uplift the voices of ALL members in NJEA, so I created the Visions and Voices initiative, highlighting women in education, ESPs, and strategies for organizing around COVID. Our members deserve leaders with the courage and experience to take action. That is what a union is all about!” Petal Robertson

Statements from supporters

Petal can bring us together to fight for our priorities. We need her on the state level organizing us into an unstoppable force. Sue Butterfield, President, Passaic County EA

She advocates for equity and diversity in both active and retired union leadership and will listen, evaluate and offer guidance. Judy Perkins, President, New Jersey Retirees EA

Petal knows how to bring people together to get the best for all members. Sue Clark, President, Gloucester County EA


Educational Position – Montclair Public Schools

  • High School English Teacher


  • A. Secondary Education
  • A. English
  • A. Communications

Montclair Education Association

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Negotiations Chair
  • Restorative Justice Coordinator
  • Social Chair
  • Association Representative

Essex County Education Association

  • NJEA Delegate Assembly Representative for Essex County
  • Budget Committee Member
  • Human and Civil Rights Committee Member

New Jersey Education Association

  • Executive Committee Member
  • Strengthening Locals Committee
  • Pandemic Relief Sub-Committee
  • NJEA PAC Operating Committee
  • 78 Steering Committee

National Education Association

  • NCUEA New Local Presidents Trainer
  • NEA Panel Presenter on Racial Justice

Other activities

  • Creator of Visions and Voices Member Roundtable Discussions
  • NJEA Members of Color Network Facilitator
  • NEA CAPE grant recipient
  • Restorative Practices Facilitator
  • Creator of Montclair Community Conversations
  • Racial Justice work with Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest
  • Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator for Bank of NY Mellon Global Strategy and Product Management

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