NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller was on hand recently as the New Jersey Hall of Fame broke ground on its future permanent home at the American Dream complex.  Years in the planning, the Hall’s new location promises to be an educational hub and a draw for students, families and educators from across New Jersey.

NJEA is a long-time supporter of the Hall of Fame, and is proud to be a supporter as this new chapter opens.  “NJEA has supported the New Jersey Hall of Fame from its inception,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan.  “From participating in the development of elementary through high school curriculum to sponsoring essay contests, NJEA has been an integral part of the Hall’s mission to highlight the significant contributions that New Jersey and its residents have made.

Blistan continued, “We know that honoring the past is an important part of learning and preparing for the future. As educators who love New Jersey, we want to make sure our students understand and appreciate the Garden State heroes who have done so much to make the world a better place.”

Spiller, who participated in the groundbreaking ceremony, said “We are confident that the Hall will be an inspirational and educational experience for generations of New Jersey students. We are happy to offer support because we know that we are educating many of its future inductees. We want all of our students to know that with hard work and dedication, they can make a positive difference in the world.”

NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty, a history teacher himself, also lauded the Hall’s mission and potential as an educational resource. “As a history teacher, I have a great appreciation for what we can learn about the future by studying the past. I look forward to visiting the Hall myself to learn more about the people who helped build our state and I know that my colleagues across New Jersey will find it to be an enriching educational resource for themselves and their students.”

Once it is in its permanent home, NJEA will continue to work with the Hall on its mobile museum to ensure that even those who cannot easily visit its North Jersey location are able to benefit from the rich educational experience it provides.

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