Hello, my name is Rebecca Malz, and I am a junior at Mahwah High School in Mahwah, NJ. I am involved in my local NJFEA chapter, stay up-to-date with current events, and participate in the 3-D design club at my school. I also work as a cashier in a restaurant, volunteer at my local Center for Food Action—a food distribution program for the homeless/underfed, and tutor younger students at my town’s library. This year, my NJFEA chapter held a month-long book drive for a school that had lost its library. I participated in the book drive by picking up boxes of books and organizing them by grade level.
Hello, my name is Mollie Miller. I am very excited to be representing the state on the NJFEA state board for this upcoming year. I realized at an early age that becoming a teacher was my calling. While I haven’t decided on the grade level I want to teach, I am drawn to the elementary level. I am a senior at West Windsor Plainsboro High School South and became involved with our school’s NJFEA chapter last year. Our chapter held pie walks and cake pop sales to help multiple charities during the holidays, as well as a teacher appreciation week event where students sent messages to their teachers thanking them for all their hard work. During the 2012-2013 school years, I will assume the position of vice president of events for our chapter and look forward to another great year. In my free time I like to bake, read, and socialize with my friends. But what I love and always look forward to my dance classes, which I have been taking for the past nine years.
Hello, my name is Jordyn Jelstrom and I am a senior at Lawrence High School, Lawrenceville, N.J. I look forward to being an NJFEA state secretary. I am currently a cheerleader at my high school as well as a student leader. I have always had the passion to become a teacher, but through my NJFEA chapter, advised by Mrs. Aiken, my passion has skyrocketed. I am extremely excited to get this year started with my fellow officers not only working towards a common goal, but forming friendships that will last a lifetime.
Hello, my name is Leo Ricketts, and I am a senior at University High School (UHS) in Newark, N.J. I participate in numerous extracurricular activities, including: UHS Future Educators Association, UHS Concert, Jazz and Marching Bands, and Upward Bound Program @ Seton Hall University. I am an experienced saxophonist, and I enjoy playing video games and learning. In my NJFEA chapter, I have served as the supervisor’s assistant and as secretary. Currently, I am the president of my school’s NJFEA chapter. I plan to become a history teacher.
Hello, my name is Tom Conley, and I am very pleased to be representing Central New Jersey. I am one of five siblings and I am a current senior at Middletown High School South. I participate in many extracurricular activities such as the spring musical and the choir. I am very interested in the performing arts but I am also considering teaching as my calling. I plan to become a high school teacher of the mathematics, sciences, or social sciences.
Hello, my name is Kayla Jerman. I currently reside in Burlington, New Jersey. I attend Burlington Township High School, home of the Falcons, where I am a senior. I live with my two wonderful parents, and am the middle child of my two siblings Devan and Stephanie. I have a white Maltese named Bentley. I am involved in many co-curricular activities at school such as the New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA), Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, National Honor Society, and Women’s Issues Club. I have been the secretary of the Women’s Issues Club for four years. In my NJFEA chapter, I have focused on the well-being of others in my community. In my school I have participated in Heart Hugs for CHOP, Breast Cancer Walks, Peace Weeks, The Linus Project, dessert drop offs at the Ronald McDonald House, and many more projects. All ofthe projects I have participated in have taught me many lessons and gave me memories of a lifetime. In the future I would like to become a kindergarten teacher.