About SETA

The secondary education teacher's association started as an offshoot of an idea proposed in one of the foundational courses taught by Professor Ruth Palmer in the Fall of 2005. Professor Palmer brought to the attention of the class that The College of New Jersey, an institution founded as a teacher's college 150 years ago, did not have any organization to represent the interests of future secondary education teachers.

Shortly after this was called to the attention of the class, six students (Elizabeth Howen, Jennifer Iacovano, David Knecht, Pamela Musat, Matthew Trokan, and Annie Yip) undertook the initial steps to found the first organization intended for the advocacy of future secondary teachers. It took the entire Fall semester of 2005 to get the club off the ground. These students established the foundation of what is hoped to be an enduring and beneficial organization, providing needed support to TCNJ students who plan to pursue teaching careers in middle and high schools.


Dr. Ruth Palmer - palmerrj@tcnj.edu

Dr. Palmer's professional career includes being principal of a parochial highschool, Academic Dean for middle grades of a secondary school, school disrict program evaluation and Director of the Bureau of Educational Research at Howard University.

BA University of the West Indies at Trinidad (1970)
MA School Psychology - Howard University (1984)
PhD Educational Psychology - Howard University (1988)

Dr. Jacqueline Norris - norris@tcnj.edu

Dr. Jacqueline A. Norris brings more than thirty years of experience as teacher and administrator to her role of assistant professor at The College of New Jersey. Throughout those years she worked to ensure that the young people for whom she was responsible were equipped with the academic, social and emotional literacy skills necessary to be success as students and more importantly as citizens in a very pluralistic society. Now, she expands this goal to ensuring that the pre-service and practicing teachers and administrators with whom she works possess these same competencies and can teach them to and model them for the students with whom they work.

PhD Educational Administration Theory and Policy - Rutgers University