Please join us in welcoming new board member Michelle Wittle!
Michelle Wittle is currently an ELA Interventionist for the Palmyra School District and has serviced as an Instructional Coach and a Senior Lead Educator. She is also a college professor teaching writing at Rowan University and has presented at the NJWA conference on using writer’s workshop in the classroom. Additionally she has presented at NJCTE on reading like a writer and using a text x-ray in class to help students close read informational and literary texts. While she has been in education for over 20 years, she enjoys working with teachers and students as they learn about themselves as readers and writers. Lastly, she is a published author with many poems, short stories, and plays to her credit. Her book, Three Decades and I’m Gone is her Creative Nonfiction flash memoir in which she explores the grief her parents’ death left her in.
Please join us in welcoming new NJCTE Board Member Val Mattesich!
Valerie Mattessich is a veteran Pascack Valley High School English teacher and now serves as Pascack Valley Regional High School District’s Supervisor of English, Art and Libraries. Ms. Mattessich has long been a teacher-leader through the National Writing Project, previously at Rutgers and currently at Drew University, and also acts as an appointed member of the NCTE Secondary Steering Committee as well as a newly appointed Board member for NJCTE. Ms. Mattessich has planned, implemented and facilitated professional development workshops throughout the state and across the country. She has also published articles in Educational Viewpoints, English Leadership Quarterly, and New Jersey English Journal; her classroom and teaching strategies were also featured in Kristen Turner and Troy Hicks’ book Argument in the Real World.
Please join us in welcoming new NJCTE Board Member Emily Meixner!
Emily Meixner is an associate professor of English and the coordinator of the secondary English education program at The College of New Jersey where she teaches courses on secondary ELA reading and writing pedagogy as well as courses on children’s and young adult literature. When she is not on campus, she can often be found in local schools observing student teachers or working with teachers in professional development workshops. Dr. Meixner was most recently the program chair for the 2019 Conference on English Leadership national convention, is a member of NCTE, CEL, NJCTE, and ILA, and is one of the organizers of #nErDcampNJ. She contributes regularly to the Nerdy Book Club blog and has published articles on teaching and learning in a variety of professional journals including Voices From the Middle, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and English Leadership Quarterly.
Attention NJ ELA teachers: Would you like to write for the NJCTE blog? We would be happy to publish your ideas and insights about your practice or resources you’ve had success with, etc. We welcome original pieces or those that have been posted elsewhere. Please send queries and contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.