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: https://bit.ly/3P0tzPF