To the Berkeley Heights Community:

I am Lisa Moretti, Health and Physical Education teacher at Governor Livingston High School. I am also the Treasurer of the Berkeley Heights Education Association (BHEA) and the BHEA’s Political Action Committee Chair.

Over the summer, I was tasked with forming a committee of fellow BHEA members who wanted to give back in a positive manner to our Berkeley Heights community.  This seven-person, non-partisan committee includes three current residents of Berkeley Heights and a graduate of GL.  

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As the group representing the educational staff of this school district, we firmly believe that we are active and contributing members of this community.  In addition to educating the children of Berkeley Heights, we invest in Berkeley Heights and we support its residents, businesses, and local organizations.  For instance, we can be found having dinner at Delicious Heights, raising money for Relay for Life, leading our club members to volunteer and play bingo with residents at Runnell’s, and donating money to help support the BH Volunteer Rescue Squad.  Being an educator is not simply a job, it is a lifestyle that makes Berkeley Heights our home away from home.  As active members of this community, we have as much right as any other community-related organization to help our community grow and thrive.  

Every day, BHEA members go to school and engage with our students, your children.  We are teachers, administrative support staff, paraprofessionals, occupational & physical therapists, nurses, media specialists, interpreters, guidance counselors, child study team members, an athletic trainer, custodians, maintenance, and transportation personnel who support and teach your children not only how to read, but how to think critically and analytically. We teach the values of integrity, care, empathy, trustworthiness, perseverance, and citizenship. We encourage collaboration within groups of diverse learners. We teach students the skills that they are going to need to make them competitive in the job market. We celebrate our students’ successes and we build them up after a failure.  We instill in our students that the world is unfinished, that the future is open-ended, and that what they think and do matters. Every one of our BHEA members protect and care for the children of Berkeley Heights as our own. 

To that end, the BHEA Political Action Committee invited every candidate for Town Council and the Board of Education to participate in our endorsement process. 

Two of the candidates for Town Council who we screened and interviewed stood out as kind, compassionate, professional, competent, and qualified to help lead our Berkeley Heights community to becoming an even more welcoming and prosperous community. The Berkeley Heights Education Association is proud to endorse Councilwoman Susan Poage and Mr. Bret Sayre for the Berkeley Heights Town Council. We look forward to what they can accomplish for our Berkeley Heights community.

Stay healthy, happy, and united.

Lisa Moretti