Trenton Education Association

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President’s Message:


Good Morning TEA,

By now you have settled in to your classrooms and are preparing to meet your parents this week at Back to School Night.

You have received important reference materials from the Curriculum Department that will help guide your classroom practice.  While it is a lot, please take time to review it.

Click to read entire letter: Working with you for a Stronger Association


“We Honor You” – Veteran’s Day Luncheon

Local veterans were honored today at Joyce Kilmer Middle School.  Members of the NJEA PRIDE and FAST Committee worked tirelessly to plan this grand event for our local veterans. The afternoon began with the posting of colors by the Trenton Central High School JROTC.  Afterwards, the veterans were entertained by the Trenton Central High School Orchestra. At the front of the room a small table with a single setting was placed as a Tribute to Fallen Soldiers.  After a hearty buffet lunch, the Veterans were given letters of gratitude from the Joyce Kilmer Middle School Gifted and Talented Students.  The culminating event of the day was when the veterans introduced themselves to the audience and received a gift and certificate of recognition for their service.  This event was sponsored by the Trenton Education Association, Trenton Business & Technical Association, PBA Local 105, Trenton NAACP  and the following Trenton Public School Departments: PTA/PTO, FACE, Social Studies and Music.



Visit our Social Committee Page to get information about our Harvest Food Drive! 

Visit  our Government Relations Page to get the latest LAT Review:

Edition 3
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
TEA Legislative Action Team
Robin Hall, Chair
Jerell Blakeley, Editor of TEA E-Review
Louellen Smith Monard


From Your TEA Negotiations Committee:

2015-2018 Agreement between the Trenton Education Association and the Trenton Board of Education


Congratulations to Colleen Rand
The 2015 recipient of the TEA Award of Distinguished Service.


The TEA Award of Distinguished Service is presented annually to a TEA member that has provided outstanding service for the TEA membership.

  Past Active Inductees are:

  • 2014 Christine Clark
  • 2013 Naomi Johnson-Lafleur
  • 2012 Janice Williams
  • 2011 Alice Burnett 
  • 2010 Thomas Harrington
  • 2007 Len Mitnaul
  • 2002 Jocelyn Francis-White

See more photos from the End of the Year Recognition Celebration by clicking here.



2015 End of the Year Cookout


Retirement Celebration

The TEA Leadership and Social Committee realy know how to end the year right! TEAm members had a great time celebrating a productive year and honoring those moving on to the next phase of their adventure! Kudos to all!



Congratulations to TEAm Members – Mercer County Teachers of the Year 2014-15!  



NJEA Priority Schools Program Graduation

TEAm members being honored at the recent NJEA Priority Schools Graduation for their hard work and dedication to improving and enhancing instruction for our students. NJEA Priority Schools Associate Director, Pam Garwood MC’d the event! Columbus, Grant, and PJ Hill were in the first NJEA Priority Schools Initiative cohort for Trenton Public Schools! Various speakers were on-hand praising the TEAms for their excellent accomplishments! 



NJEA Classroom Close-Up highlights TEAm member Jennifer Ayling and her butterfly studies program! 

TEAm member, Jennifer Ayling, teacher at Robbins Elementary School and her class will be highlighted in an upcoming airing of NJEA’s Emmy award winning documentary program, Classroom CloseUp! Here are some great photos of the day’s event! 


Proud of our TEAm members Talithea Briggs and Dawn Howlen – graduates of NJEA Apprentice Program!

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Progressive Science Initiative (PSI), Documenting Our Journey!

The TEA Association-led PSI/PMI initiative continues to flourish as the number of students making honor roll has quadrupled and students are well on their way to be prepared for AP and Honors leveled courses. Click here ( to see a video highlighting the continued success of the program


Need Help? Who Are You Going to Call?

Clickhere to find out which TEAm Leader you should call for your concerns.


TEAm Member Anupama Benegal making physics look easy!

Anupama Benegal, Trenton physics endorsement participant and district science teacher is using a newly installed SMART board for the first time at the Ninth Grade Academy.  During the 2014-2015 school year, the Trenton School District will offer around 30 sections of algebra-based physics in various school communities.



Attention New Hires

If you have prior work experience, the Human Resource Department needs verification from your previous district(s) in order for you to have your salary adjusted.  The following process must be followed:

1)  Complete and sign a Verification of Professional Experience Form at Human Resources.  You must have the name and address of the previous district(s), phone number, fax number, and contact person’s information in order to complete the form.

2)  Trenton’s Human Resources Department will mail the Verification of Professional Experience Form to your old district(s).

3)  Your old district(s) complete, notarize and mail the Verification of Professional Experience Form back Pam Owens at the Trenton Public School’s Human Resource Department.

4)  Once received, the completed form will be reviewed in HR and you will be placed on the Board Agenda for approval of credit for previous work experience.

It is important that you do this as soon as possible, so that you will be retro’d back to your date of hire.


Steering Committee Members from TEA, Trenton Central Office and Building Administrators, Teachers, and CTL Staff

Steering Committee Members from TEA, Trenton Central Office and Building Administrators, Teachers, and CTL Staff

TEA members and leaders, district administrators including the superintendent, and the school board have come together in support of implementing NJ Center for Teaching and Learning Progressive Science Initiative® (PSI®) and the Progressive Mathematics Initiative® (PMI®)  at Trenton Central High School and piloting PMI at Dunn Middle School. Kudos to Scott Munro, TEAm member and lead teacher at Trenton Central who had previous PSI training, for taking on the challenge of bringing this initiative to light in the Trenton District. Scott was biology teacher who completed the physics endorsement before taking on a leadership position in the Trenton School District and knew the value it would bring to our existing science and math program. Read more here.

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