MONTCLAIR, NJ – About 100 Montclair educators filled the upper room of Tierney’s Tavern with music and poetry on Wednesday.

The Montclair Cares About Schools (MCAS) and Montclair Education Association (MEA) didn’t let a little snow or cold stop them from having a festive time. Immediately upon walking in the room, one could tell that this wasn’t your average performance or open mic show. Montclair is known for its strong artistic culture, therefore the display of talent among the district’s educators was worthy of an encore.

“The Art & Poetry of Teaching was created and designed for Montclair teachers and paraprofessionals as away to reward them for the hard work and dedication to the Montclair community,” said Michelle Fine of MCAS. 

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This event was unique in many ways because there were performances from Montclair teachers and paraprofessionals. If Montclair teachers were having a long day or needed a place to relax, ‘The Art & Poetry of Teaching’ was the place to be.

Not only did this festive event draw a crowd, but they also had the support of various community leaders including 3rd Ward Councilor Sean Spiller, 4th Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville, Deputy Mayor Bob Russo, and Board Members Anne Mernin and Jessica de Koninck.

A lineup of special performances took place ranging from Spoken Word as well as musical performances by many Montclair educators, including MEA President Gayl Shepard who lit up the room with her soulful voice while her brother accompanied her on piano.

Shepard stated, “I think that this is amazing. Sometimes as people, we need to stop doing the busy stuff and take time for themselves by attending events such as this.”