NJEA welcomed Michael Mannion on June 30 to full-time NJEA staff as a UniServ field representative in the Region 7 office in Toms River. Mannion had been an English teacher at Central Regional High School in Ocean County for 14 years. From 2013 to 2020 he was the president of the Central Regional Education Association. In addition, since 2015 he had served as a part-time NJEA UniServ consultant in the Region 7 office.

Mannion holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in teacher education and a master’s degree in education, both from Stockton University. Mannion lives in Manahawkin with his wife, Monica, and their children, Braden and Caleb.

NJEA welcomed Cindy Matute-Brown on June 15 to full-time NJEA staff as an associate director in the NJEA Office of Human and Civil Rights, Equity and Governance. Prior to joining NJEA staff, Matute-Brown had worked as a program liaison at the New Jersey Department of Education in the Office of Charter and Renaissance School since 2019. She was tasked with overseeing the compliance and probationary status of charter schools throughout New Jersey.

Prior to 2017, Matute-Brown worked for 19 years at the Jersey City Golden Door Charter School where she was founder and president of the Golden Door Charter School Education Association. She is a graduate of the NJEA Bolivar S. Graham Practicing Apprenticeship program. She also served as a part-time UniServ consultant at the Region 15 office in Cranford from 2018 to 2019. Matute-Brown was elected in 2018 to the West Orange Township Council where she current serves as president. Matute-Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University where she majored in English literature and women and gender studies and minored in criminal justice.

She resides in West Orange, New Jersey with her husband of 28 years, Stephen. They have three successful adult children, all proud products of New Jersey public schools.

NJEA congratulates Jaime Valente on his promotion to manager in the NJEA Office of Membership on May 14. Prior to his promotion, Valente served as a field representative in the NJEA Organizational Development Division, the position he held since first being hired to full time staff in February 2018. He had previously been employed as a part-time consultant in the same office since 2015.

Valente has over 12 years of teaching experience in public education. He had been employed as the director of performing arts at the Teaneck Community Charter School since September 2009. Prior to that, he worked as an educator in the Penns Grove in Salem County, Monroe Township Gloucester County, and Newark in Delaware. As an NJEA member, he served as president of the Teaneck Community Charter Education Association and was chair of the NJEA Public Charter School Members Work Group.

Valente holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in teacher leadership, both from Rowan University. He lives in Springfield with his wife, Brittney Hamilton.

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