Maureen has resided in East Brunswick for 24 years. She holds a Masters of Education in Educational Administration degree from Rutgers University; a Masters of Arts degree in English from Oklahoma State University; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theater from Montclair State University. As a teacher in the Piscataway Township Public Schools for 23 years, Maureen ran the radio station, advised the literary magazine, and directed the play. As the District Supervisor of Literacy and World Languages for the Spotswood Public Schools for 9 years, Maureen also coordinated the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) program for Spotswood and Middlesex County.
Maureen currently serves as the Policy Analyst representing New Jersey for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and works with the board of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education Alumni Association. Maureen has recently published the study guide to a Holocaust memoir and has written many editorials for The Home News Tribune, The Sentinel, and The Star-Ledger. She is a former blogger for nj.com about writers from New Jersey and the author of a weekly review of HBO's The Sopranos. She maintains the blog http://jerseywriters.blogspot.com and follows new works by authors and poets in our state.
Married to Jim Berzok, a program analyst for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Maureen is the mother of two Eagle Scouts. Sam is a student of foreign policy at Tufts University, and Tom will attend Clark University in Worcester, MA next year where he will study finance and be a lacrosse goalie. Both are proud graduates of East Brunswick High School. Maureen also volunteers at Elijah's Promise Food Kitchen weekly. She continues to be a teacher of writing.
"I am eager to give voice to all the good, smart work done here in East Brunswick. I know the people and am familiar with the sensibilities of the community. Working for TAP is a great way to give people the local news they need and to raise awareness of important issues, " said Berzok. "It's also uplifting to celebrate and support home-grown businesses, student achievement, and cultural events."
Rob Rakossy, franchisee/owner of TAP into East Brunswick, said, "I am thrilled and excited to have Maureen join me as the primary writer and editor for TAP Into East Brunswick. She brings a wealth of knowledge and insight about our town, and will provide amazing perspective for our readers. I look forward to working with Maureen for many years to come."
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