North Plainfield Education Foundation Collects Used Instruments


Does your closet hold one or more used instruments?  If so, maybe it is time to donate them to the North Plainfield Fine Arts Department!  The Education Foundation is collecting used "dormant" instruments in order to assist the musical program in our schools.  Funds for the Arts are becoming scarse and an instrument in the hands of a child can produce amazing results! To donate an instrument contact Mr. Tom Mazur in the Fine Arts Department at 908-769-6000 or Robert Goellner at 908-510-5458.

June G. Wigfall

After graduating from Lincoln High School in Jersey City (1961), Bloomfield College (1968), marriage and the birth of her daughter, Ms. Wigfall attended graduate school at New Jersey City University, formerly Jersey City State College, and graduated with an M.A. in Student Personnel Services in 1976.  Teaching always interested her because, as a youngster, she aspired to be an actress.  However, her mother believed that acting was impractical. “A job as a teacher is a skill, which would better provide food for your table,” she claimed. 

Ms. Wigfall started her teaching career at West Side High School in the Newark School District in 1968, and found that she loved to read about the many adventures students had to tell, especially their tales of family and friends; their fears - the times when they were caught in situations, and the ultimate reprisals they had to suffer.  Inner-city schools are filled with many students who are humorous, and she believed the greatest joy is when these humorous experiences accompany and assist them in learning.  This period in their lives proves to be a great time to learn new vocabulary, new ways of expression, and subsequently new ways to share.

When Ms. Wigfall was promoted to Department Chairperson of English at Weequahic High School in 1979, she viewed many types of teaching and learning.  The best classes which she observed were the ones to which she was invited, because it was there where she witnessed excellent teacher preparation and management, strong student engagement, and lots of smiles from students while learning.  She retired in 2000, and since then has taught English at an after-school program, observed student teachers in several public and parochial schools for a noted university, and was a member of a writer’s club, The Write Stuff, in Montclair.  Ms. Wigfall still enjoys meeting people who love to learn.  

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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