Principal Dominic Esposito was named a 2022 New Jersey Exemplary Educator by the NJ Department of Education.
“Only 181 educators in the entire state this year are receiving this awards certificate,” wrote Educator Recognition Programs Specialist, Nancy Besant. Besant is of the Office of Educator Effectiveness at the New Jersey Department of Education.
To receive Exemplary Educator recognition from the NJ DOE, an educator must have “demonstrated exceptional teaching and leadership abilities,” Besant wrote in her letter of congratulations. “In addition, this exemplary educator has had a positive impact on students, colleagues, and the school community.”
Esposito, who is principal at Woodmont Elementary School, learned of his award during a surprise PA announcement made by Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Gorman during the school’s morning announcements on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
Dr. Gorman, who is Superintendent of Montville Township Public Schools, read Besant’s letter to the Woodmont students and faculty.
“’The goal of this program,’” Gorman read, “’is to identify educators who are valued by their school and community and have exhibited strong knowledge and skills, an inspiring presence, and a clear vision for quality teaching and learning.’ Congratulations to Principal Dominic Esposito.”
Following the announcement, students and staff lined the hallways cheering words of congratulations for their principal. Many greeted Esposito with high-fives and hugs. Some fifth grade students even prepared confetti to celebrate the Principal Esposito’s outstanding honor.
Woodmont Elementary School is one of seven Montville Township Public Schools. It is located in the Pine Brook section of Montville Township, NJ. There are 310 students in kindergarten to grade 5 attending Woodmont Elementary School. Dominic Esposito has been principal at Woodmont since 2013.