WE ARE THE WHREA
The Watchung Hills Regional Education Association (WHREA) is a professional organization comprised of teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, and school maintenance personnel. The WHREA is dedicated to creating connections between its members and the communities that make up the Watchung Hills school district. While serving the student body is always the number one priority of our Association, it is also important for us to feel a part of the entire community as we work to enrich the lives of those around us.
WHO WE ARE
The Watchung Hills Regional Education Association is a diverse, democratic organization working to create an optimal environment to achieve excellence in public education in New Jersey.
The mission of the Watchung Hills Regional Education Association is to advance and protect the rights, benefits, and interests of members, and promote a quality system of public education for all students.
Member Advocacy – To preserve and improve the economic interests, working conditions, job security, and pensions of all members.
Organizing – To strengthen the Association by maximizing membership, developing leadership, and supporting affiliates.
Enhancing Public Education – To promote and deliver quality professional development for educators. To advance and support policies that enhance and enrich public education.
Message From Our President, Ken Karnas
Dear School Community,
I want to take the time to introduce ourselves, the members of Watchung Hills Regional High School. We are made up of Bus Drivers, Buildings and Grounds, Child study team, Security, Guidance, Nurses, Secretaries, Aides, and Teachers. We are entrusted with the lives, well being and education of all of your children during their time with us. With your help at home, we have been doing an amazing job and now have the #123rd best High school in the country, according to Newsweek, and 15th in the State of New Jersey with only Ridge High School scoring higher in Somerset County. Our students achieve excellence on a daily basis. We, the WHREA, drive your children to and from school safely on district buses, we maintain a clean and efficient building and maintain our sports fields, our Child Study team makes sure that ALL of our children succeed and are given the help they need, our trained Security Department makes sure that our students are kept safe and do not have to worry about internal or external threats. Our Guidance department makes sure that your children are prepared to achieve success after High School in either college or work. Our Nurses meet the needs of any student that is not feeling well and are at times the only medical professional that our students see, they are also some of our first responders in any medical situation. Our Secretaries perform such a wide range of duties that the district could not possibly run without them. Finally, our aides and our teachers are tasked with arming our students with the education and knowledge to be able to continue to excel at high levels no matter what they may encounter.
We are your partners, together with your help we have been able to achieve amazing things for our community and our students. We have come to expect excellence in our students and they have continuously met those expectations. We are writing this letter to introduce ourselves and to let you know that we are here to serve you and your children. Every single member of the WHREA has become a member of the High School’s PTO and we look forward to working with such a great organization. We expect excellence from our students and know that with a supportive community we can continue to reach new, higher goals that previously have only been dreamed about. We look forward to working with you all in the future.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, and also visit our website regularly to see what is happening in our school.
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