Elissa Malespina is the former CHS and SOMS librarian and a 26 year resident of South Orange. She is also the Mom of Matthew, an incoming senior at Columbia High School.
Elissa is married to Joseph Malespina, a lifelong South Orange resident and former student in the SOMA district where he attended Clinton, SOMS and CHS. Elissa has volunteered in the schools throughout the years in support of her son and recently served on the CHS Safety Committee.
Elissa has been a consistent educational advocate and successfully fought to keep librarians in the district. Elissa spent nine years in the school district as a school librarian at CHS and then SOMS.
Elissa is currently the Verona High School Librarian. She is a nationally recognized and award winning School Librarian whose work has been featured in many publications. She is also a sought after speaker and educational consultant.
She is also a tireless community volunteer and recently helped coordinated the SOMA 3D Printer Alliance & the School District to provide Face Shields to our teachers. She also lead the effort to make sure that our Paraprofessionals, Custodians and Lunch Aides got paid during the Pandemic. Lead to Fight to Bring Librarians Back to the District. Moderated (has step aside because of the election) the South Orange - Maplewood Cares About Schools Facebook Page & has been a South Orange Public Library Board of Trustees Member.