• Veterans Wall of Honor

  • In recognition of Veteran’s Day, the Elizabeth Board of Education honored our team members who served, or continue to serve, in the Armed Forces, for their exceptional demonstration of the values of service, sacrifice and love of country. To commemorate this occasion, the Elizabeth Public Schools has created a Wall of Honor to recognize their outstanding service to our nation.

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Dr. Enock Alcine

United States Navy
1998 - 2001
Aircraft Mechanic

Retired Fifth Grade Teacher
Chessie Dentley Roberts Academy School No. 30

 

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Elio Matthew Bustamante

United States Marine Corps
2009 - 2014
Aviation Crew Chief on C-130

Brought humanitarian support to the people of Japan near the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Okuma after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Second Grade Teacher
William F. Halloran School No. 22

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John P. Costello

United States Marine Corps
1971 – 1976

Public Safety - Criminal Justice Teacher
Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health & Public Safety Academy

 

 

 

 

 

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Carmelo Figueroa

United States Army/ United States National Guard (Army National Guard)
1988-1996
Specialist

Served in Operation Desert Storm from July 14, 1991 - November 18, 1991.  Figueroa has received the Army Services Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Services Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Sharpshooter Marksmanship Badge Rifle, M-16.

Security Guard
Joseph Battin School No. 4

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Robert Lee Geralds, Jr.

United States Marine Corps
1984 – 2006
Master Sergeant

Master Sergeant Geralds is grateful to the late LtCol Edmund J. Connelly and the Elizbeth Board of Education for allowing him the opportunity to continue leading young men and women in the MCJROTC Program.

Senior MCJROTC Marine Instructor
Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health & Public Safety Academy

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Nikita Clarke-Huff

United States Army
(Active 1983 - 1995 and Reserve 1995 - 1998)

United States National Guard (Army National Guard)
1999 - 2007

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Retired Gulf War Veteran

Military Operations

  • 1987 Persian Gulf “Operation Nimble Archer”
  • 1990 Gulf War “Operation Desert Shield”
  • 1991 Gulf War “Operation Desert Storm”
  • 1995 Bosnia “Operation Deliberate Force”
  • Duty Stations: California, Texas, Virginia, Germany, Korea 

Head Administrative Secretary II
Mabel G. Holmes School No. 5

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Tricia Marie Machuca

United States Marine Corps
1989 – 1996
Corporal Aviation Supply

Science Teacher
Sonia Sotomayor School No. 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eric W. Miles

United States National Guard (Army National Guard)
Service Dates: 1999 to 2001
Specialist

Social Studies Teacher
John E. Dwyer Career and Technology Academy

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Noel E. Ortiz

United States National Guard (Army National Guard)
1982 – 2019
Retired First Sergeant

Two Deployments, 2004-05 and 2008-09 Cuba and Iraq. 

Electrician
Division of Plant, Property, and Equipment

 

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Joel Alberto Ramirez

United States Marine Corps
2000 - 2022
Master Sergeant

Served multiple overseas tours as well as one combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

MCJROTC Marine Instructor
Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health & Public Safety Academy

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Barbie Stefanie Thomas Williams

United States National Guard (Army National Guard)
2017-Present
Sergeant

Mrs. Thomas Williams is dedicated to serving God, the USA, her students, and her community. She is a proud product of the Elizabeth Public Schools and a lifelong Elizabeth resident.  She is a committed teacher at Robert Morris School No. 18 where she has had a tremendous positive impact on her students’ lives and on the school’s culture.

Bilingual Self-Contained Second Grade Teacher
Robert Morris School No. 18

In Memoriam

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Luigi Marciante, Jr.

United States Army
Corporal Marciante, Jr., assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Lewis, Washington, was killed in action on September 20, 2007, in Iraq serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Elizabeth High School Class of 1999

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Pedro Millet Meletiche

United States Army
Specialist Millet Meletiche, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, was killed in action August 22, 2010, in Afghanistan serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Elizabeth High School (Edison Academy) Class of 2008

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Kevin Charles Brennan

United States Navy 
1981 - 1986
Third Class Petty Officer

Plumber
Division of Plant, Property, and Equipment



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Ronnie Andres Chacon

United States Marine Corp
February 2002 - September 2010
Corporal

Physical Education/Health Teacher
Frances C. Smith Early Childhood Center School No. 50

 

 

 

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Robert M. Donnellan

United States Navy
1980 - 1984

Carpenter Foreman
Division of Plant, Property, and Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anna Teresa Fiore

United States Army
1990 – 2006
Captain

Captain Fiore served in the Army Reserves and Army Active Duty. She had two active-duty deployments during her teaching career.  After 9/11, one deployment to Fort Dix , NJ for eight months, and one to Iraq for one year.

Physical Education/Health Teacher
Sonia Sotomayor School No. 25


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Sean Michael Glennon

United States Marine Corps
1991 – 1993
Lance Corporal

Lance Corporal Glennon served with the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps at 8th and I Streets, Marine Barracks, Washington DC.

Instrumental Music Teacher
Dr. Albert Einstein Academy School No. 29



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Cedric J. Jefferson

United States Marine Corps
Jun 1991-June 2011 Active Duty
Retired Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt)

MCJROTC Marine Instructor
Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health & Public Safety Academy (Annex)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wendy L. Maravi

United States National Guard (Army National Guard)
2002-2008
Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant Maravi served in Operation Iraqi Freedom III in 2005, the first time the New Jersey National Guard was ever activated to deploy to war.

Guidance Counselor
Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy

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Kenan Nethaneel Pierre

United States Marine Corp Reserves
2011 - Present

Pierre was deployed in Afghanistan.

Special Education Teacher
Toussaint L’Ouverture – Marquis De Lafayette School No. 6

 

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Rui J. Reguinho

United States Army
1988 - 1990
Combat Engineer, 16th Engineering Battalion of the 1st Armored Division

First Grade Teacher
Dr. Albert Einstein Academy School No.29

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David Teixeira

Portuguese Armed Forces – Special Operations Unit, Lamego, Portugal
2000 - 2003

US Army – 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia
2003 - 2005

New Jersey Army National Guard - 50th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Dix, New Jersey
2005 - 2008
Sergeant

Physical Education/Health Teacher
Joseph Battin School No.4

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Francisco R. Jackson

United States Marine Corps
Lance Corporal Jackson, a field artillery cannoneer assigned to the 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California, was killed in action October 19, 2010, in Afghanistan serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Elizabeth High School (Halsey House) and Union County Vocational-Technical School Student