Being an educator was and continues to be one of the most important parts of my life. I have taught theology and religion classes in schools in both New Jersey and New York: St. John Vianney (1994-1995) and St. Rose (1995-1996, 1996-1997) and St. Francis Prep (1998-1999 and 1999-2000). Teaching social justice or church history, or out on the campaign trail educating new voters about the need for universal healthcare.
I'm not the only one doing the educating, either. Today's young leaders are the ones taking the reins of leadership and telling us, the adults of the world, that we need to hear their voices on important issues like common sense gun safety reforms. Whether it's standing in solidarity with hundreds of students outside Congressman Smith's office and amplifying their voices, or hashing out policy proposals with the students of Steinert High School's Government and Law-Related Experiences classes, being in a room of the next generation of leaders makes me feel like I'm in my element.
Talking with young leaders about important political issues will always be important to me. In doing so, we're planting seeds for the future, for a more just and fair society, where we live out the values that we have etched into our national document.
While I loved teaching, it wasn't always easy to work within a the power structure of the school system. Watch below to hear my response when my primary opponent asked why I'm no longer a teacher: