The 2019-2020 Teachers of the Year (T), Educational Services Professionals of the Year (SP) and the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher (P). These outstanding educators were honored at the Montville Township Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. PICTURED: Cindy Calligaro - Hilldale (T), Amy Escobar - Valley View (SP), Kathryn Slattery - Valley View (T), James Queen - MTHS (P), Brian Quinn - Woodmont (T), Patricia Pallay - Woodmont (SP), Christopher Butchko - MTHS (T), Dr. Andrea Wallace - MTHS (SP), Sonja Khan - William Mason (T), Marissa Mazur - Lazar (SP), Samantha George - William Mason (SP), Kevin Haugh - Cedar Hill (T) and Colleen Hurley - Hilldale (SP). Not Pictured: Jacqueline Keiser - Lazar (T) and Dr. Jeanne Romeo - Cedar Hill (SP).
Fifteen outstanding educators were honored by the Montville Township Board of Education on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
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. “A school district really cannot be successful if we don’t have really excellent teachers and educational services professionals. Tonight we are recognizing the best of the best. These folks have been selected by panels within each school that involve teachers – their peers – parents and administration. We have some wonderful honorees.”
The 2019-2020 Governor’s Educational Award of the Year honorees in each category are:
Teachers of the Year:
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- Cedar Hill Elementary School - Kevin Haugh
- Hilldale Elementary School - Cindy Calligaro
- Valley View Elementary School - Kathryn Slattery
- William Mason Elementary School - Sonja Khan
- Woodmont Elementary School - Brian Quinn
- Robert R. Lazar Middle School - Jacqueline Keiser
- Montville Township High School - Christopher Butchko
Educational Services Professionals of the Year:
- Cedar Hill Elementary School – Dr. Jeanne Romeo
- Hilldale Elementary School - Colleen Hurley
- Valley View Elementary School - Amy Escobar
- William Mason Elementary School - Samantha George
- Woodmont Elementary School - Patricia Pallay
- Robert R. Lazar Middle School - Marissa Mazur
- Montville Township High School – Dr. Andrea Wallace
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 2019-2020 Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher is Montville Township High School science teacher James Queen.
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 Queen eligible for consideration by Princeton University to be honored at the University’s spring 2020 commencement.
Video of the Montville Township BOE ceremony honoring the district’s award-winning educators can be viewed on the Montville Township Public Schools Facebook Page?.