Meet your NJEA Preservice officers and chairs

NJEA Preservice is led by college students like you, preparing for a career in education. Meet this year’s NJEA Preservice officers and committee chairs. 

Sarah Adamo

Last year, Sarah served as the NJEA Preservice secretary and political action co-chair, sitting on numerous committees, campaigning to eliminate edTPA, and organizing events to grow membership. Sarah was also a virtual delegate at the 2022 NEA Representative Assembly. Moving forward, she hopes to raise awareness about issues that impact current and aspiring educators and their pupils and to highlight the indispensable role that teachers play in schools and communities. 

Matthew Yuro
Vice President and Membership and Local Outreach Chair 

Matthew is a sophomore at The College of New Jersey, majoring in special education, elementary education, and history. Matthew looks forward to growing membership past pre-pandemic numbers, as well as engaging with more NJEA Preservice members and discussing the benefits of being in this organization as an aspiring educator. 

Kayla Kanarkowski
Secretary and Communications Chair

Kayla is a junior at Rider University where she is studying elementary/special/middle school social studies education. She served last year as the social media chair and is excited to see what the team can accomplish in the upcoming year regarding membership growth.  

Bianca Nicolescu,
Diversity and Justice Co-Chair

Bianca (she/her/hers) is a sophomore at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), studying secondary mathematics education as well as women’s, gender, and sexuality studies through the Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program. Bianca is excited to continue working alongside the NJEA Human and Civil Rights Committee and the NJEA Minority Leadership and Recruitment Committee to fight for racial and social justice and more diverse teacher representation in schools. 

Jeannie Pincus
Diversity and Justice Co-Chair 

Jeannie is a senior at Stockton University where she is studying elementary education, holistic health, and disability studies. Her goal for the Diversity and Justice Committee is to provide a supportive role while making a positive impact in our community. She looks forward to bringing diversity into our educational community. 

Brian Reilly
Political Action Co-Chair

Brian is a senior at Seton Hall University studying secondary education and mathematics. Brian has served on a number of different committees and in various roles in NJEA Preservice, most recently serving as the NJEA Preservice president for the 2021-22 school year. Brian is looking forward to fighting for all preservice members on a range of issues from debt to certification requirements.  

Nicholas D’Antuono
Political Action Co-Chair

Nicholas is a senior at Kean University’s Ocean County College satellite, where he is majoring in history with certification in teaching K-12 students with disabilities. After graduation, Nicholas’ goal is to become a middle school social studies teacher and basketball coach. He has a passion for instilling a well-rounded, civic-based education in students in hopes of creating the next generation of informed citizens.