Educator Recruitment, Preparation, and Recognition
New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program
Peggy Stewart, NJ State Teacher of the YearSchool/District: Vernon Township High School - Vernon Township
Grade Level: 9-12
Teaches: Social Studies
At the heart of my teaching philosophy is an environment that evokes humane characteristics, provides a feeling of being at home, and cultivates the minds of my students. The foundation for my teaching environment begins when I perceive the “Lilliputian landscapes” through the eyes of my students, when I make the leap into their world. Because I see this landscape, I know my students’ strengths, capabilities, dreams, and obstacles and what is needed to help them see the big picture. Students are the pulse of the learning environment. I teach my students first and the content follows.