Christie Administration Announces New Jersey's County Teachers of the Year for 2014-15
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Michael Yaple
|Date: July 31, 2014||609-292-1126|
Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration today announced the selection of New Jersey's 21 County Teachers of the Year and the State Facility Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year.
By recognizing the 22 teachers for their involvement in their schools, the New Jersey Department of Education has the opportunity to recognize some of the state's most dynamic educators, while gaining valuable input from its teachers. At the same time, teachers are kept up-to-date on the latest innovations of New Jersey educational policy and serve as ambassadors of this information for their own school districts.
The County Teachers of the Year were honored at an Orientation Ceremony on July 31 at the Department of Education in Trenton. Teachers had the opportunity to attend short presentations and interact in Q&A sessions with Department of Education personnel about educational initiatives, including New Jersey's Common Core State Standards, which better prepare children for college and career.
"It's my pleasure to congratulate all of our County Teachers of the Year and State Facility Teacher of the Year for 2014-15," said Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe. "These are model teachers who represent diverse content areas and grade levels. This award is a tribute to their talent, dedication, professionalism, and success with our students. Each year they serve as part of a valuable corps of teacher-leaders who can inspire all of us."
County Teachers of the Year are selected at the county level by panels representing a cross-section of administrators, teachers, parents, and county education association representatives convened by the executive county superintendants of schools.
A state-level panel of educators will select New Jersey's State Teacher of the Year based on a written application, video submission, and interviews with the top five finalists. The State Teacher of the Year will be announced at the State Board of Education's October meeting, and will go on to represent New Jersey at the National Teacher of the Year competition.
"For a school to have one of its educators named as County Teacher of the Year is a great honor. It is a huge community relations bonus," said Diane Cummins, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Clearview Regional High School District. As the 2003-04 State Teacher of the Year, she has remained involved in the program at the local, county and state levels. "Having a Teacher of the Year showcases the professional staff's accomplishments and opens many doors of opportunity to educational initiatives and programs," she said.
The National Teacher of the Year Program, of which the County Teacher of the Year program is a part, began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. It is implemented by the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO). New Jersey signed on with CCSSO to implement the New Jersey Teacher of the Year program in 1969.
Additional information can be found on the Department's Teacher of the Year web page.
New Jersey's 2014-2015 County Teachers of the Year and State Facility Teacher of the Year are as follows:
|County||Teacher||Subject – Grade||School District||School|
|Atlantic||Peter Davis||Technology Education – Grade 5-8||Linwood Public School District||Belhaven Avenue Middle School|
|Bergen||Daniel Frare||Science – Grade 6||Tenafly School District||Tenafly Middle School|
|Burlington||David Knecht||English – Grade 9-12||Lenape Regional High School District||Seneca High School|
|Camden||Natalie Franco||Elementary – Grade 5||Gloucester Township School District||Gloucester Township Elementary School|
|Cape May||Cynthia Leatherwood||English – Grade 8||Dennis Township School District||Dennis Township Middle School|
|Cumberland||Lisa Frassetto||Elementary – Grade 1||Upper Deerfield Township School District||Charles F. Seabrook School|
|Essex||Salvatore Lima||Science – Grade 9-11||Essex County Vocational School District||West Caldwell Tech|
|Gloucester||Monica Marino||Special Education – Grade 4||Deptford Township School District||Shady Lane Elementary School|
|Hudson||Mark Mautone||Special Education – Preschool||Hoboken Public School District||Wallace Elementary School|
|Hunterdon||Adrienne Harley||Kindergarten & Student Support – Grade K-2||Flemington Raritan Regional School District||Francis A. Desmares Elementary School|
|Mercer||Ismat Shari||Mathematics – Grade 9-12||Hamilton Township School District||Hamilton High School West|
|Middlesex||Stephanie Cardoso||Elementary – Grade 5||Edison Township School District||Martin Luther King Elementary School|
|Monmouth||Melissa Murphy||Special Education – Grade 6-8||Belmar School District||Belmar Elementary School|
|Morris||Geraldine Restivo||Elementary – Grade 5||Randolph Township School District||Fernbrook Elementary School|
|Ocean||Carolyn Defino||Special Education – Grade 6-7||Manchester Township School District||Manchester Middle School|
|Passaic||Coleen Weiss-Magasic||Science – Grade 10-12||West Milford Township School District||West Milford Township High School|
|Salem||Susan Dyer||Preschool||Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District||Early Childhood Learning Center|
|Somerset||Kathryn Tricarico||Elementary – Kindergarten||Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District||Adamsville Primary School|
|State Facility||Deborah Wood||Elementary – Grade 4-7||NJ Dept. of Children & Families – Office of Ed.||Cherry Hill Regional School Campus|
|Sussex||Yvonne Mortello||Elementary – Kindergarten||Hopatcong Borough School District||Hudson Maxim Elementary School|
|Union||Drew Krumholz||Spanish – Grade 9-12||Springfield Public School District||Jonathan Dayton High School|
|Warren||Ann Marie Ball||Gifted & Talented, & Math Coach – Grade K-5||Phillipsburg School District||Freeman School and Green Street School|