NJEA welcomed Brielle Allison on Jan. 16 as a secretary in the Professional Development and Instructional Issues (PDII) Division. Allison has several years of work experience in the retail and food industries, and most recently as an agency temporary employee for Robert Half Staffing. She had been working at as a secretary in the NJEA PDII Division since November. Allison lives in Trenton with her son and loving family.


NJEA welcomed Angel McDermott on Jan. 16 as a UniServ field representative in the Region 5 office in Moorestown. McDermott is a retired speech/language specialist who, over the course of a career spanning more than 30 years, worked for the Gloucester County Educational Services Commission, Westampton Public Schools, and the Gloucester Township School District. She served as president of the Gloucester Township Education Association for 21 years. McDermott has worked as a UniServ Consultant in the Region 3 office in Camden County since August 2003. She received her master’s degree in speech pathology from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and her bachelor’s degree in teacher of the handicapped from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). McDermott lives in Blenheim with her husband, Mark.

NJEA welcomed Jessica Denney  on Feb. 3 as a secretary in the Region 3 office in Voorhees. Prior to joining NJEA staff, Denney worked for 16 years as a principal’s secretary in three New Jersey public school districts: Pine Hill, Clementon and Gloucester City. An NJEA member for all of those 16 years, Denney was an active member of the Pine Hill Education Association, having served as its president and vice president. She was also an NJEA Summer Fellow in 2017. Denney lives in Pitman with her husband, Steve, and three children, Steven, Christopher and Ava.


NJEA welcomed Elisabeth Yucis on Feb. 3 as a temporary associate director in the Professional Development and Instructional Issues Division. Yucis most recently worked as an English teacher at Collingswood High School in Camden County. She also served as chair of the Collingswood Education Association Evaluation Committee and the District Evaluation Steering Committee. Yucis has been a facilitator for several NJEA Conferences, most notably the NJEA Convention and the T.E.A.C.H. Conference, which was held in April 2019. She received a master’s degree in English from Rutgers University-Camden and bachelor’s degrees in English and women’s studies from Penn State University. She recently obtained her principal’s certification through the NJ-EXCEL program, which is administered by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. Yucis lives in Collingswood with her husband, Jason, and their son, Joe.

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