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Board of Trustees 2020-2021

Executive Board

President: Beth Thomas  president@njasl.org

Beth Thomas has been a school librarian at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School in Summit, NJ since 2001. Prior to working in Summit, she taught Language Arts in West Orange. She has an MLIS from Rutgers University, a BA in English from Drew University, and a minor in Secondary Education from The College of St. Elizabeth. Beth has presented workshops at the district level and conference sessions for NJASL and NJECC. She has also volunteered for AASL and NJASL. Beth has gained much from her membership in NJASL and is honored to serve as president elect.

President-Elect: Amy Gazaleh  

presidentelect@njasl.org  njasl20@njasl.org

Amy earned her MLIS from Rutgers in 2010 and has worked in the East Windsor Regional School district since 2014.  After six years at Hightstown High School, where she was awarded the building's Education Specialist of the Year in 2016, Amy is embarking on a new adventure at the Grace N. Rogers elementary school in September 2020.   Amy serves a diverse community of learners, provides professional development for staff and has experience running school-wide and community events.  

Amy also serves as a part-time lecturer in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University.

In her pre-librarian life, Amy was an editor at Dow Jones & Co., a product manager at Factiva and a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters. 

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Vice-President: Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott  vp@njasl.org

Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott: MA, MLIS is a media center specialist librarian at Lawrence Township Lawrence High School in  Lawrenceville, NJ. Ewa holds a master's degree in Polish from University in Kielce, Poland, EU, and master’s in library and information science from Rutgers University. Email: ewadelliott@gmail.com

Ewa is a second generation librarian who considers school library world to be a perfect balance between her love of libraries and education. She believes that education professionals should always continue on their self learning path by being active in their communities. If she is not busy taking classes, working on new initiatives and programs, she takes time to explore vegetarian cooking and traveling with her family. 

Recording Secretary: Casey Jane Schaffer  secretary@njasl.org

My name is Casey Jane Schaffer and I am the Library Media Specialist at DeMasi Schools for K-8.  I currently serve NJASL as the Bookmark editor and Secretary. I just recently ended my term as BCASL's President. I was honored to win the Jean E. Harris Progressive Library Media Program in the fall of 2018.  I have been a librarian for 7 years and enjoy advocating for librarians and volunteering my time to NJASL. I am an alumna of Dickinson College and Rutgers University where I became a member of Beta Phi Mu Honor Society.  When I'm not in my library, I can typically be found at the shore or in Disney. 

Treasurer: Elizabeth (Beth)  Willoughby treasurer@njasl.org

Beth has been a member of the Finance Committee for NJASL for several years.  She is the librarian for Dunellen Public Schools and works at John P. Faber School and Lincoln Middle School.  Currently she is treasurer of UMASL, vice-regent of her local Catholic Daughters and serves on the Municipal Alliance.  She was appointed by Dunellen’s Mayor to be on the library trustees and is proud to serve as a member. Beth has been working in Dunellen since 2013.  Prior to that she was the Media Specialist at Red Bank Middle School. Beth has served on the conference committee and for the past conference she was head of the photography committee.

Member-at-Large:  Beth Raff    membersatlarge@njasl.org

I am a graduate of Cornell University (B.A.), Rutgers University Graduate School of Education (M.Ed) and Rutgers School of Communication and Information (M.I.).  

After teaching fifth grade in the Hillsborough Township public schools for many years, I decided to pursue a degree and career as a school librarian.   Currently, I am the media specialist at Mt. Tabor Elementary School in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District.  

Last fall I was selected as an Emerging Leader 2019 by the ALA and sponsored by NJASL. Our project, “Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens,” can be found here.

I am the proud mother of two adult sons, Joshua and Benjamin.  My husband, Steve is a high school math teacher.   

Member-at-Large:  Steve Tetreault   membersatlarge@njasl.org

Steve Tetreault has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years. He has earned an M.Ed. and and Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision, and in 2019 completed an M.I. degree in Library and Information Science, with a certification as a School Library Media Specialist. He is a member of the NJEA Editorial Committee, as well as a member of the NJASL/NJLA Task Force. As an educator, Steve firmly believes that the purest education taking place in schools happens in school libraries; when students are able to pursue their interests, it encourages intrinsic motivation and a love of life-long learning. Therefore, school libraries staffed by qualified school librarians are a must for any future-ready school.  


Immediate Past President: Jill Mills  pastpresident@njasl.org

Jill Mills is an elementary librarian for Preschool through Grade 3 students in Chatham. In her fourteen years as a school librarian, she has worked across Morris County, and in 2010 she received Lakeland Hills YMCA  Educator of the Year and Lake Parsippany School’s Teacher of the Year.  As an active participant of Morris County School Media Association, Jill has served as President, Programming Coordinator, and currently serves as the Regional Consortium Chair.


                                                                                                                                               

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