Preservice Vice President

Matthew Yuro is a sophomore at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He is majoring in Special Education, Elementary Education, and History, in which he is a part of the five-year master's program with TCNJ’s School of Education. He plans on becoming an elementary school teacher after he graduates.

Prior to serving as NJEA Preservice vice president, Matthew served as the NJEA Preservice membership and local outreach chair during the 2021-2022 year, which he will be continuing to lead this service year. In that role, Matthew served as the NJEA Preservice representative on both the NJEA Membership Committee and NJEA Member Benefits Committee, which he will continue to serve on this year. He also helped with the development of the NJEA Preservice Previews, as well as implemented an NJEA Preservice March Membership Challenge to help future educators in college join NJEA Preservice.

Serving on the full leadership team, Matthew has been able to attend the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City, NJ, as well as serve as an NJEA Preservice panelist at multiple New Jersey Future Educators Association conferences in conjunction with The College of New Jersey’s Center for Future Educators. Matthew also served as a camp counselor for TCNJ’s CFE Future Educators Academy, an immersive one-week residential summer program designed to provide aspiring educators with knowledge and experiences that will help to prepare them for their future academic and professional careers.

At TCNJ, Matthew is involved in many extracurricular activities, including serving as the Lieutenant Governor of the Seabreeze Division for the New Jersey District of Circle K International, Creative Director for Late Night Takes, Vice President of Programming for the HSS Peer Mentoring Program, Co-President of the History Club, Vice President of Public Relations for the Sophomore Class Council, Donations Chair for Teachers of Young Children, Student Engagement Chair for the Student New Jersey Education Association, and Social Media Chair and Treasurer for the College Mentoring Union. Matthew is also a college AVID tutor at Monroe Township School District and a peer tutor with TCNJ’s tutoring center, as well as a Community Advisor with TCNJ’s Residential Education and Housing. Matthew is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honors Society, and a member of Educators 4 Equity.

As the newest NJEA Preservice Vice President and NJEA Preservice Membership and Local Outreach Chair, 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. He also wants to work closely with the already established NJEA Preservice chapters and continue to grow relations between the Full Leadership Team State Board and the executive boards on campuses across New Jersey.