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District honors Educators and Educational Service Professionals of the Year

Vineland Public Schools honored the recipients of the Governor’s Educator of the Year and Governor’s Educational Services Professional award for the 2021-22 school years at the May 4 Board of Education Combined Meeting.

In order to be nominated for the award, educators must meet all of the following requirements: Be a licensed classroom teacher (pre-K through grade 12) or educational services professional in a public or charter school; must have achieved a summative rating of at least Effective the previous year; If the teacher or educational services professional has not received a summative rating for the previous year at the time of application, then their practice rating should be at least Effective or the equivalent; be a dedicated and skilled teacher leader who anticipates actively continuing in his/her teaching career for at least five (5) more years; inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; demonstrate strong ability to foster excellence in education as evidenced by ongoing contributions to the improvement of student learning and the learning environment; demonstrate leadership in educational activities at the school, district, and/or state and national level that take place both within or outside the school setting; have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; demonstrate poise, eloquence, and the ability to maintain a demanding schedule; have not earned the title of Teacher of the Year for the past five (5) years; have teaching as their primary responsibility rather than administrative or supervisory responsibilities.

Educational Services Professionals must be classified under one of the following titles: Associate School Library Media Specialist, Behavior Specialist, Bullying Specialist, Cooperative Education Coordinator, Cooperative Education Coordinator / Hazardous Occupations, Director of School Counseling Services / Child Study Team, Educational Interpreter (Cued Speech Transliteration, Oral Interpreting, Sign Language Interpreting), Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, Mathematics Specialist / Mathematics Coach, Paraprofessional, Reading Specialist / Reading Coach, School Athletic Trainer, School Counselor, School Library Media Specialist, School Nurse (Instructional and Non-Instructional), School Occupational Therapist, School Physical Therapist, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Speech-Language Specialist and Student Assistance Coordinator.

Recipients of the award include: 

Vineland High School: Lisa Fagan - 30 years, Science Teacher and Natalie Reynolds - 22 years, Librarian; AMSA at Johnstone: Janice Jefferson - 19 years, AMSA teacher and Lauren Cifuentes - 15 years, Guidance Counselor; Wallace Middle School: Madeline Horner - 14 years, Bilingual/ESL Science and Monica Salazar - 17 years, Paraprofessional; Veterans Memorial Middle School: Cassandra Kozub - 4 years, Art Teacher and Cristina Luciano - 9 years, Anti-Bullying Specialist; Sgt. Pilla Middle School: Nicole Oshenic - 16 years, Teacher and Valerie DeTetta - 17 years, Guidance; Barse Elementary School: Shannon Beltran - 6 years, 5th Grade teacher and Montana Jacobs - 7 years, Speech-Language Specialist; Petway Elementary School: Kristi Mercado - 21 years, Special Education teacher and Stephen Martini - 15 years, Paraprofessional; Winslow Elementary School: Lesley Hammer - 27 years, Music Teacher and Lauren Dallago - 18 years, Paraprofessional; Durand Elementary School: Jaime Sims - 9 years, Elementary Teacher and Jennifer Pepe - 10 years, Social Worker; D’Ippolito Elementary School: Kalynn Concannon - 11 years, Elementary Teacher and Cheryl Raively - 15 years, Paraprofessional; Mennies Elementary School: Karen Kreck - 17 years, 5th grade Math Teacher and Sonya Jones - 17 years, Paraprofessional; Sabater Elementary School: Stephanie Armstrong - 17 years, grades 1 and 2 Teacher and Omaira Capriotti - 20 years, School Nurse; Rossi Elementary School: Dayna Ensminger - 11 years, Art Teacher and Kimberly Vinnick - 21 years, Paraprofessional; and Dallago Preschool: Kelly Cervi - 13 years, Pre-K In Class Resourse Teacher and Carisa Mazzoni - 13 years, Occupational Therapist 

A gallery of photos can be viewed here: