Sarah Adamo is a senior at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), where she is studying History and Secondary Education.
During the previous academic year, Sarah served as the NJEA Preservice Secretary and Political Action Co-Chair, and first joined the leadership team in the 2020-21’ year as an Ambassador. In those roles, Sarah sat on the NJEA Political Action Committee, Congressional Contact Committee, and Legislative Action Team as the Preservice representative. In addition, she worked on the campaign to eliminate edTPA and procure student loan debt forgiveness, organized and presented at NJEA Preservice Previews to grow membership, and helped plan the NJEA Preservice Academy to provide valuable professional development opportunities to aspiring educators like herself. Sarah also attended the NEA Aspiring Educators Summer Leadership Conference in 2021/2022 and served as a delegate at the 2022 NEA Representative Assembly. This service year, she will be a member of the NJEA Executive Committee, the NJEA Delegate Assembly, and the NJEA Political Action Committee.
At TCNJ, Sarah is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), Kappa Delta Pi (International Education Honor Society), Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), and the university’s honors program. She is the current ODK President and KDP Secretary of the honor societies’ chapters at TCNJ, as well as the Vice President of the Student New Jersey Education Association, the Preservice chapter at TCNJ. Sarah has worked in the Tutoring Center since Fall 2020 and volunteers as an online tutor for ESL students in Ukraine through the ENGin program and for children of low-income households in the D.C. area with Northstar Tutoring. She also works as an oral proficiency leader teaching French to fellow college students and an Orientation Leader with TCNJ’s Office of Student Transitions to help incoming first-year students navigate college life. Moreover, Sarah is the Co-President/Founder of the nascent History Club and a Humanities and Social Sciences peer mentor. Lastly, Sarah served as TCNJ’s French Club president from 2020-2021 and as a Health and Wellness Peer Educator. This upcoming year, Sarah will also serve as a Senator of Education for Student Government to operate as a liaison between education majors and their respective dean and professors.
Beyond campus, Sarah is an assistant taekwondo instructor in Northern New Jersey with a second-degree black belt. She has worked at summer camps over the past six years, including Limitless in Denville, NJ, a program that celebrates neurodiversity and implements a DIR/Floortime-based model of teaching. She also substitute teaches for the Morris Hills Regional District.
In her new role for NJEA Preservice, Sarah gratefully looks forward to growing membership, raising awareness about the issues that impact current and future educators and their students, and acting as a catalyst for change in alignment with NJEA Preservice’s goals and ambitions. To combat the societal devaluation of the teaching profession, she hopes to advocate for salary raises and highlight the indispensable role that educators play in their schools and communities.