WAYNE, NJ - Former Wayne Valley High School teacher and former President of the Wayne Education Association (WEA), Sean Spiller is interested in the US Secretary of Education position in the Biden administration, according to published reports.
Spiller, who is currently the Mayor of Montclair and the Vice President of the New Jersey Education Association is on an upwardly mobile political path. According to Politico, he has notified the New Jersey federal delegation as well as Gov. Phil Murphy that he would like to be placed into the running for the position.
As a science teacher at Wayne Valley High school he taught the sons of both Mayor Chris Vergano and Board of Ed President, Cathy Kazan, among hundreds of others. While teaching in Wayne he was also the head ice hockey coach for a combined high school team.
It was his union leadership that began in Wayne that propelled his political career. Spiller served as the WEA Vice President before being elected President in 2008. He then moved on to become the New Jersey Education Association Secretary/Treasurer in 2013 and was elected NJEA Vice President in 2017.
Somehow between all of this, he was elected to the Montclair Town Council in 2012 and just this year, he was elected as Mayor of Montclair.
“We are thrilled that one of our own teachers is being considered for Secretary of Education of the United States,” said current WEA President, Eda Ferrante. “He is most worthy and eminently qualified. Sean Spiller would excel at that job, just as he has with every opportunity and challenge that has come his way. We wish our friend the best.”
Spiller does not yet have a national presence, so it will be an unlikely leap to such a prominent position, but President-Elect Joe Biden has said that he wants a former public school teacher in the post. Spiller’s union connections as well as his intelligence, drive and natural charisma could land him the spot.
TAPinto reached out to Spiller for confirmation, but as of this writing he has not yet replied.
In a quote attained by Politico, Spiller said: “"I'm honored to even be mentioned for the position. Nonetheless, my focus is on my advocacy for the students of New Jersey and serving the residents of Montclair. I look forward to supporting President-elect Biden and his bold student-centered education agenda."