Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education Honors 14 Outstanding Educators

Montville Township Public Schools Teachers of the Year, Educational Services Professionals of the Year and the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher of the year.

Fourteen outstanding educators were honored by the Montville Township Board of Education on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Those recognized were named by their peers to the annual: Governor’s Teacher of the Year, Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year, and the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher programs.

“Tonight is our opportunity to recognize our superstars,” said Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar. “Tonight we are recognizing the best of the best. These folks have been selected by panels within each school. The panels involve teachers – their peers – parents and administration. We have wonderful honorees.”

Montville Twp Public Schools 2-21-2022 Educators of the Year

Watch video of ceremony HERE

The 2021-2022 Governor’s Educational Award of the Year honorees in each category are:

Teachers of the Year:

  • Cedar Hill Elementary School - Melinda Cardillo
  • Hilldale Elementary School - Brittany Funicelli
  • Valley View Elementary School - Jessica Burke
  • William Mason Elementary School - Nicole Monchinski
  • Woodmont Elementary School - Danielle Stoveken
  • Robert R. Lazar Middle School - Sharon Yuhas
  • Montville Township High School - Patrick “Rick” DeBonta

Educational Services Professionals of the Year:

  • Cedar Hill Elementary School – Heather Praml
  • Hilldale Elementary School - Dyana Bollander
  • Valley View Elementary School - Debra Barmore
  • Woodmont Elementary School - Kim Zemaneck
  • Robert R. Lazar Middle School - Jennifer O'Neill
  • Montville Township High School – Jennifer Keneally

According to the state.nj.us/education website, the Governor's Teacher of the Year and the Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year Programs highlight educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching, and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success.  These two recognitions “seek to attract public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system.”

In addition, the district’s 2021-2022 Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher is Montville Township High School teacher Dana Heitmann.

According to the teacherprep.princeton.edu website, “Each year since 1959, Princeton University has honored at its Commencement four outstanding New Jersey teachers from public and independent schools for their contributions to the lives of the state’s secondary school students and to their school communities.” 

The Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher recognition makes Heitmann eligible for consideration by Princeton University to be honored at the University’s spring 2022 commencement.

Additionally, all the Teachers of the Year and Educational Services Providers of the Year will be considered at the for top educator awards at the Morris County level.

Video of the Montville Township BOE ceremony honoring the district’s award-winning educators can be viewed on the Montville Township Public Schools YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/TyzERC_6I5Y 

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Congratulations to Montville Township Public Schools Teachers of the Year, Educational Services Professionals of the Year and the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher of the year. The 14 outstanding educators were honored by the Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education at a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at the Montville Township High School.

Principals from each of the district’s seven schools introduced the honorees to the members of the Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education, and the Board presented each honoree with a certificate.

Pictured: Melinda Cardillo, Cedar Hill Teacher of the Year; Dyana Bollander, Hilldale Educational Services Provider of the Year; Brittany Funicelli, Hilldale Teacher of the Year; Kim Zemaneck, Woodmont Educational Services Professional of the Year; Danielle Stoveken, Woodmont Teacher of the Year; Patrick “Rick” DeBonta, MTHS Teacher of the Year; Dana Heitmann , MTHS Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher of the Year; Debra Barmore, Valley View Educational Services Provider of the Year; and Jessica Burke, Valley View Teacher of the Year.

Not Pictured: Jennifer Keneally, MTHS Services Provider of the Year; Nicole Monchinski, William Mason Teacher of the Year; Jennifer O'Neill, Lazar Educational Services Provider of the Year; Heather Praml, Cedar Hill Educational Services Provider of the Year; and Sharon Yuhas, Lazar Teacher of the Year.





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