President, New Jersey Education Association-NJEA
Marie Blistan, a high school special education resource center teacher in Washington Township public schools, is the President of the New Jersey Education Association. Blistan previously served as NJEA’s vice president and secretary-treasurer. She was elected to a two-year term effective Sept. 1, 2017.
Active in NJEA since early in her career, Blistan served as president of the Gloucester County Education Association. Blistan co-founded and was the chair of the Gloucester County Education Commission, where she created a positive forum for NJEA members to meet with legislators on selected topics that affect both members and public education. Blistan has held numerous leadership positions in two local associations and was the 1987 Somerdale and Camden County Teacher of the Year.
During her term as vice president, Blistan was the lead officer in establishing NJEA’s Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund and is proud to be a part of the Sandy Ground Project—a joint venture with the New Jersey’s Firefighters’ Association that resulted in 11 playgrounds being built throughout the state of New Jersey. Additionally, Blistan was recognized in both 2014 and 2016 by the NAACP, and was the 2015 recipient of the NJ State Democratic Committee’s Jefferson Jackson Award.
Blistan’s focus as NJEA president is to continue to take the lead on providing the best learning experience possible for all of New Jersey's public school children. Marie has visited the Kidsbridge Tolerance Center and applauds the significant social-emotional work Kidsbridge does to help NJ's students and educators.