WAYNE, NJ – Former Wayne Valley High School science teacher and former President of the Wayne Education Association, Sean Spiller was elected Mayor of Montclair on Tuesday. His victory was narrow with only 450 votes out of over 7,600 separating him from his opponent.
“I first had the pleasure of meeting Sean when he was my son’s biology teacher 14 years ago," said Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano. "I consider him a friend. He is a true leader and will be an outstanding Mayor.”
Spiller taught at Wayne Valley High school for several years and was also the boys ice hockey coach. He served as the WEA Vice President before being elected President in 2008. Spiller moved on to become the New Jersey Education Association Secretary/Treasurer in 2013 and was then elected NJEA Vice President in 2017.
“He taught my son and was one of his favorite teachers,” said Wayne Board of Education President Cathy Kazan. “He is always the consummate professional, easy to work with and will make a fine Mayor of Montclair. I wish him well in his new role.”
Eda Ferrante, the current WEA President taught with Spiller at Wayne Valley and was the Vice President of the WEA when Spiller was President. “Everybody really adored him,” she said. “Students loved having him as a teacher, and all the teachers enjoyed working with him.”
Spiller, who lives in Montclair with his wife and current Wayne teacher, Lauren Spiller, was elected as councilman for the Montclair Town Council in 2012 and has also served as deputy Mayor.
Ferrante not only worked with Spiller, but she owns a condo in Montclair and has kept close tabs on Spiller’s career. “I’ve been very pleased with the job Sean has done as Councilman, as deputy Mayor and now I know he will be a great Mayor,” she said.
“It is very exciting,” said Superintendent of Wayne Schools, Dr. Mark Toback. “I wish him well and it is no surprise to me that he was successful in his campaign, based on his history here in the Wayne Township Public Schools.”