The OBEA Office will be closed July 1 and 3 - 12. Following that break, the office hours for the rest of the summer are: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Welcome to the Old Bridge Education Association

We are the local NJEA/MCEA affiliate proudly representing over 1,150 teachers and educational support professionals in Old Bridge, NJ. The Association hopes you find the website informative and resourceful. Thank you for visiting.

Mission Statement of the OBEA

The Association is committed to being an advocate for all members and protecting the integrity of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The OBEA is dedicated to providing an innovative learning community for the students in the district and working collaboratively with all members of the educational community. It is our objective to maintain a professional relationship with all who have this goal in common


Nancy Cogland, Barbara Newman and Lisa Rifkin proudly displaying Para Proud banner.

Warding Off Privatization, Paraeducators Gain Strength and Influence Through Organizing

Inspired by the tidal wave of creativity pouring out of trainers at a New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) summer leadership conference, paraeducators Nancy Cogland and Barbara Newman have taken NJEA’s grassroots organizing ideas and given them the opportunity to flourish back home with the Old Bridge Education Association (OBEA). The results since August are astonishing. […]

Barbara Newman and Nancy Cogland

Old Bridge EA paras build unity

Old Bridge Education Association paraprofessionals Barbara Newman and Nancy Cogland left last August’s NJEA Summer Leadership Conference energized and ready to bring the experience to their fellow educational support professionals (ESPs) back home. Newman is the paraprofessional unit director for OBEA. “We weren’t sure what to expect at Summer Leadership, but figured it was worth […]

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