President: Pamela Fadden I have been teaching mathematics at Hawthorne High School since September 2004. I am a 1999 graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science specializing in secondary mathematics education. In addition, I also hold a Master’s Degree from Walden University in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. After completing my Master’s Program, I attended William Paterson University and obtained a Supervisory Certificate.
In 2011 after returning from a medical leave of absence; I became an active member of the HTA and started by joining the negotiations’ team as the financial secretary. I have been a high school building rep for the 2012/2013, 2013/2014, and lead rep for the 2014/2015 school years. Upon joining the negotiations team and becoming a building rep I began attending NJEA workshops such as the Collective Bargaining Summit, Winter Leadership and Summer Leadership Conferences. The classes I have taken are:
Bargaining Beyond Tier 4 – Associations can after tier 4 negotiate a reduction in their member’s health insurance premium costs. This course provided a review of Chapter 78, its sun-setting provisions, and a discussion of strategies for mitigating and reversing these costs in your next round of bargaining. Basic Treasurers Training – Topics included: building a budget and fiscal issues; completing the LAFAP form quickly; understanding agency fee; implementing time management tools; taking the fear out of treasury audits and payroll. Basic Salary Guides – The steps necessary for successfully salary negotiations emphasized were: “developing comparisons, gathering member input, assessing district affordability, planning the salary guide workshop, and planning for a successful ratification.” The challenges facing ESP and inclusive local association guides were stressed. Current issues of importance — protecting the starting salary, coping with bubbles, valuing experience and training, and boosting career earnings — were discussed. Successful strategies in these areas were presented. Advanced Salary Guides – The purpose of this seminar was to give participants an understanding of how salary guides are constructed and calculated. Participants constructed a base-year cost out and salary guides for three additional years on an Excel spreadsheet. Emphasis will be placed on the important role of team and member training and communications with members about salary issues.
In May of 2015 I was nominated and gladly accepted the position of HTA President. I was recently asked by a member – why were you interested in becoming President? My answer is that during my first negotiations, I enjoyed the process of building a scatter gram and learning about increments and percentages; through the entire process I absorbed as much as I could. In addition to attending training; my love of math and numbers had me hooked. I knew that when the officers were elected they would have to face negotiations head on and I knew that I was the prepared for the task. I have enjoyed working through the summer with the new executive board, our members, our Uni-serve Reps, Ron Bivona, Ed Lesser, and Debbie Ciambrone, the Superintendent, the Administrator’s, and the Board of Education. I attended the NJEA 2015 Summer Leadership Training for School Law, Employee Benefit Contributions and Leaves of Absence, and Now That I Am President- What Do I Do? In addition, Ron and I were sent to Newport, Rhode Island by NJEA to attend additional leadership training. I am looking forward to being your President.
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