Untitled Document

April 3, 2014


(Newark, NJ) – Clarence Osborne, an industrial arts teacher at East Orange’s Hart Middle School for the last 38 years, was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for being named the Essex County Education Association’s “Educator of the Year”.  The Board’s commendation was sponsored by Freeholder Carol Clark of East Orange and presented to Mr. Osborne during its April 2nd meeting at the Hall of Records in Newark.

Essex County Education Association “Educator of the Year”, Clarence Osborne (2nd from right), a 38-year teacher at East Orange’s Hart Middle School, was honored by the Board of Freeholders during its April 2nd meeting at the Hall of Records in Newark.  The Board’s commendation was presented by Freeholders Carol Clark (2nd from left) of East Orange and Gerald Owens (far left) of South Orange.  Mr. Osborne was joined by his wife, Kathie (far right). PHOTO BY GLEN FRIESON

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Osborne and his wife, Kathie, for a long, long time”, said Freeholder Clark, “so as a former educator myself who knows what a fine teacher, labor leader and gentleman he is, it gives me great pleasure to recognize him for his hard work, his commitment to teaching the young people of our hometown, East Orange, and for his devotion to the profession of teaching.”

Osborne thanked the freeholders for recognizing him, as well as his wife for standing by him for so long, despite the number of hours he is out of the house either teaching or tending to union matters.  “I don’t do it for the recognition, but rather for the children”, said Osborne, “so I am just speechless to be honored like this.”  He went on to explain, “It is such a good feeling to have former students come back after college to tell me that they still have things they made in my industrial arts classes 20 years ago.  I am proud to be an educator because I believe it is a noble profession that has lifelong effects on students’ lives.”
Freeholder Owens, who also serves as the International General Organizer for the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO (ILA), congratulated Osborne for his involvement with the teachers’ unions saying, “It isn’t an easy job, because you’ve got to protect your members when they’re right, and protect them when they’re wrong, but because of people like you, they get to climb the ladder to success and financial stability.”

Osborne was honored by the Essex County Education Association (ECEA) as its “Educator of the Year” during the organization’s Annual Legislative Dinner held on March 5, 2014, at the Atrium Country Club in West Orange. 

He was born and raised in East Orange where he attended Lincoln School, Stockton School, Vernon L. Davey Jr. H.S. and graduated from East Orange H.S. in 1971.  He went on to graduate from Newark State Teacher’s College (now Kean University) where he majored in Industrial Studies, focusing on photography and woodworking, and completed his student teaching at Hillside H.S.  Osborne began his teaching career in 1976 at the Hart Middle School where he taught his students drafting, silk screen printing and woodworking until the advent of computers, when he began teaching his students how to maneuver computer programs.

Mr. Osborne has been involved with the East Orange Education Association for 34 years where he has served in various capacities, including: Vice President, Secretary, Executive Board Member, Chairman of the Social Committee, the Health, Safety and Security Committee, the Constitution Revision Committee, and as a member of the Budget Committee.  As a member of the ECEA, he has held the positions of Vice President; Chairman of the Pride in Public Education, Out-of-State Conference, Minority Involvement, Bargaining and Building Search committees; and member of the Executive Board.  He is also a member of the NJEA where he serves as an NJEA Uniserv Consultant; on the NJEA Convention Committee; and was a Minority Leadership Recruitment Conference Facilitator and presenter.  He has attended more than 25 National Education Association Representative Assemblies and has served as County Coordinator for several conventions.

Clarence Osborne has been a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in East Orange since childhood, a Trustee for over 20 years, and is also active on the Men’s Usher Board.  He resides in Irvington with his wife of 32 years, Kathie, and has two sons and two grandchildren.


Download This Release

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
For Additional Information:
Gary Kroessig, Public Information
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders




Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
Hall of Records - Room 558, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Newark, New Jersey 07102
Tel: (973) 621-4486 Fax: (973) 621-5695