South Orange Maplewood Education Association

August 11, 2016

It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Dave Curtin



It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Dave Curtin. He was a P.E. teacher and the former Athletic Director at Columbia High School. Dave recently turned 58 years old last week. Dave was a devoted husband, father of three and a grandfather of two. He also taught at the following schools: Wardlaw Hartridge, Malboro, Roselle Catholic and Brearly High School. He coached football at every school that he taught at except Roselle Catholic. Most recently he was the freshman football coach at Livingston High School and the track and field coach at New Providence High School. He also enjoyed watching the NY Mets and NY Jets play because they were his favorite teams. Dave Curtin will be truly missed.

If anyone would like to make a monetary donation to the SOMEA Scholarship Fund in honor of Dave Curtin you can send it to Amy Singer at Columbia High School.

Here are the service arrangements:

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Higgins and Bonner Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield, N.J.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 10 am at the Kenilworth Gospel Chapel, 557 Newark Avenue, Kenilworth, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the Curtin Family respectfully requests that donations are sent to three organizations that were very close to Dave’s heart: Hereditary Angioedema Association. HAEA is a genetic condition that causes swelling (edema) to various parts of the body. Dave suffered from this condition, as well as his two sons. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA New Jersey) brings athletes and coaches together through sports in order to grow in their walk with the Lord. Dave credited the FCA in bringing him to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The National Fragile X Foundation supports families who are living with a Fragile X child through their research, funding and educational programs. Dave’s grandson Jasper suffers from Fragile X and this was an especially important organization to him.




July 28, 2016

IMPORTANT! The use of District devices!

SOMEA cannot emphasize strongly enough that use of the district computers should NOT be used for reading personal emails or other personal work. Additionally, intellectual property created and stored on the district computer can become property of the district. It is imperative that you be sure to store your lessons on your personal devices as well. Lastly, as per board policy, you should not identify yourself on social media as an employee of SOMSD.

April 14, 2016

Somerset Patriots- Teacher of the Year Game Tickets: May 3rd and May 5th

California Casualty is again the sponsor for the 2016 Teachers of the Year Program by the Somerset Patriots.

These Teacher Appreciation nights take place on May 3rd for Somerset and Union Counties and on May 5th for Middlesex and Hunterdon Counties.

The games start at 7:05pm with a pre-game ceremony acknowledging the teachers around 6:30 pm

 We have 100 Upper Box tickets available for each game.

Anyone interested in reserving tickets can email Tom McCartney directly with a copy to me


April 1, 2016

2016 NJEA ballot:: We have a few SOMEA members running for a few positions

In the coming weeks you will be receiving a 2016 NJEA ballot in the mail. We are proud to announce that we have a few SOMEA members running for a few positions: 


Candidates for NJEA Delegate Assembly (Two-Year Term 2016-2018)

  • Phil McCormick-Teacher-CHS
  • Brenda Ross-Guidance Secretary-SOMS

Candidate for NJEA Delegate Assembly Alternate (Two-Year Term 2016-2018)

  • Keysha Knight-Secretary at CHS

Candidates for NEA-RA (Regular) (One Year Term)

  • Sabina Ellis-Technology Integration Trainer-CHS
  • Pat Hurley-Teacher-CHS
  • Rocio Lopez-Teacher-CHS
  • Phil McCormick-Teacher-CHS

Candidate for NEA-RA (Minority Concerns)  (One Year Term)

  • Sabina Ellis-Technology Integration Trainer-CHS