NJEA announces the recipients of its Awards for Excellence in Communications. The awards program recognizes associations in three categories: Best Website, Best Newsletter and Most Effective Use of Communications Tools to Achieve a Goal.

The awards program was launched in the spring of 2020 to coincide with the biennial NJEA Communications Tools Workshop, but social distancing requirements caused the 2020 workshop program to be postponed. Judging was delayed as in-person judging was moved to a virtual format.

The awards were judged by retired NJEA Communications staff, which included Mary Frans, retired administrative assistant; Ed Gallagher, retired director of NJEA Communications; Norm Goldman, retired NJEA Review editor and retired director of NJEA Instruction and Training (now known as Professional Development and Instructional Issues); James Maccaroni, retired NJEA graphic designer; Mimi McHale, retired administrative assistant; Wanda Swanson, retired executive producer, Classroom Close-up NJ; Jennifer Wilkins, retired secretary.

The winners are:

Best Website

Local associations (500 or fewer members)

       First Place: Highland Park Education Association, submitted by Maria Belber

      • Award of Distinction: Middle Township Education Association, submitted by June Camizzi

Local associations (501 or more members)

       First Place: South Orange-Maplewood Education Association, submitted by Philip McCormick

       Award of Distinction: Linden Education Association, submitted by Jonathan Koziel

County associations (8,000 or fewer members)

       First Place: Cape May County Education Association, submitted by Kathy Parker

County associations (8,001 or more members)

       First Place: Burlington County Education Association, submitted by Christopher Bowman

       Award of Distinction: Middlesex County Education Association submitted by Andrew Lewis

County NJREA organizations

       First Place: Monmouth County REA, submitted by Mary Ellen Connelly

       Award of Distinction: Bergen County REA, submitted by Eileen Hooper

Best Newsletter

Local associations (500 or fewer members)

       First Place: Point Pleasant Borough Education Association, submitted by Christa Blauvelt

       Award of Distinction: Highland Park Education Association, submitted by Hannah Pawlak

Local associations (501 or more members)

       First Place: Woodbridge Township Education Association, submitted by Rosie Singalwitch

       Award of Distinction: South Orange-Maplewood Education Association, submitted by Philip McCormick

County associations (8,000 or fewer members)

       First Place: Mercer County Education Association, submitted by Iris Tonie

County NJREA organizations

       First Place: Middlesex County REA, submitted by Susan Jaysnovitch

       Award of Distinction: Monmouth County, submitted by William Allen

Most Effective Use of Communications Tools

Local associations (501 or more members)

        First Place: Old Bridge Education Association, submitted by Andrew Lewis

      •  Award of Distinction: South Orange-Maplewood Education Association, submitted by Philip McCormick

County associations (8,001 or more members)

      •  First Place: Morris County Council of Education Associations, submitted by Bill Cole

      •  Award of Distinction: Bergen County Education Association, submitted by Sue McBride on behalf of Mike Ryan

County NJREA organizations

      •  First Place: Ocean County REA, submitted by Jinny Hoden

      •. Award of Distinction: Monmouth County REA, submitted by Mary Szczepanik

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