winners for this year are listed below.
Click on a name to see a short biography and a picture.
a New Jersey native, received her first Bachelor of
Arts degree in drama from the University of North Carolina
at Greensboro. After working in children's theater,
she then traveled the world as a flight attendant for
United Airlines. September 11, 2001 prompted a refocusing
of her life, and soon after, April enrolled in the
Richard Stockton College's teacher education program.
In December 2003, April earned her second bachelor's
degree, this time in teacher education, with elementary
certification. She looks forward to a teaching career
that encompasses all of her life experiences and allows
her to always remain a student.
Burrowes received her Master's degree this
past January in teaching from Monmouth University.
As a mother of six, she loves and respects all children.
After twenty years in insurance, Victoria decided she
wanted to utilize her problem solving, management,
and people skills in a different way. She now wants
to use these business skills to guide children's discovery
of learning in a safe and happy classroom. Victoria
strongly believes in an individualized learning approach
and the importance of cooperation, curiosity and acceptance
amongst her students.
Dempsey graduated summa cum laude this past
December with her Bachelor's degree from Felician College.
As a college student, she worked at a daycare center.
This experience allowed her to nurture her interest
in teaching. Her devotion to teaching was very evident
during her student teaching. She, therefore, was awarded
the Ann Baker Scholarship for her dedication. She is
now a first grade teacher at Garfield Catholic Academy.
As a a teacher, she firmly believes in a strong relationship
between student and teacher and a hands-on learning
environment. Her goal is to make a positive impact
on her students' lives.
Frank graduated magna cum laude with departmental
honors from Gettysburg College in 20001 with a Bachelor
of Arts in English. Immediately after graduation, Heather
began pursuing a master of arts in teaching in early
childhood and elementary education from Montclair State
University. Heather received her master's degree this
past January and is now teaching first grade in Glen
Rock, NJ. She views education as a means of empowering
students to become agents of change. Heather is dedicated
to the passion and commitment it takes to be a life
long learner and educator.
Greenwald earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
last May in English and graduated as one of sixteen
valedictorians from Rutgers University. She looks forward
to graduating from Rutgers Graduate School of Education
at the end of this month with a master's degree in
English education. Lisa has a passion for teaching
and for the written and spoken word. Her goal is to
have this rub off on all her students so that they
may be successful in expressing themselves by using
carefully constructed prose and poetry. In addition,
she would love her students to become as avid a reader
as she is, since she feels that you can gain so much
Kotsis was determined to teach since the
first day she dropped off her first child in kindergarten.
Excitement overwhelmed her as she walked into the classroom.
She knew that she would have to be in a school, in
a classroom, and teach. Therefore, Joanna earned her
Master of Arts degree in teaching this past December
from Monmouth University. During her graduate course
of study, she raised two children and was active in
education related endeavors. As part of her graduate
coursework, she developed a family literacy program
for homeless mothers at Spring House in Long Branch.
This became a pivotal experience in her education.
Joanna credits participating in her children's education
as a great benefit in pursuing her teaching degree.
She learned from being a parent for ten years that
if you show children that you believe in their ability
by giving them confidence, guidance and warmth, they
will strive to excel and to please you and themselves.
Lorenzini's daughter Erika entered kindergarten,
Nancy entered Montclair State University to pursue
her dream of teaching. She graduated this past December
summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree with certifications
in early childhood and elementary education. Nancy
did her student teaching at Spring Garden School in
Nutley and is now a basic skills teacher in second
and sixth grades at Lincoln School in Nutley. She believes
that children have a natural desire to learn about
the world around them and initiate learning independently.
Therefore, her interest is to bring integrated materials
from the real world into the classroom and facilitate
and foster the different learning styles using various
methods and techniques.
Matheus is majoring in mathematics and secondary
education at Caldwell College. He is actively involved
in the college community. As a member of Kappa Delta
Epsilon, an education honor society, Antonio participated
in activities to help children and students. Antonio
received the Peggy Harris Scholarship, an award given
every year to one student in the education department.
He is presently doing his student teaching at East
Side High School in Newark. He is also an ESL teacher
and pedagogical coordinator at a private language institute
in the ironbound section of Newark. All of these experiences
have been very influential in Antonio's life. When
he starts teaching, he hopes to foster a sense of academic
excellence and citizenship in his students so that
they may grow to become well rounded individuals. He
wants them not only to learn mathematics but also to
be able to apply mathematics and the skills they learn
in his classroom to their daily lives.
Nicolaides felt destined to be an English
teacher from a young age when she tutored those needing
help in literacy. The power of words captivated her
when listening to stories on her father's lap and reading
books at bedtime with her mother. She will receive
her Master in English Education degree later this month
from Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Aliki is
a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi education
honor societies. As a lover of music, art and drama,
she used these to encourage and actively engage her
students during student teaching. Aliki know of nothing
more fulfilling or significant than spending her life
encouraging her students to become life-long learners.
As a teacher, she will help all of her to succeed in
Pomers graduated this past December from
Saint Peter's College with a grade point average of
3.85 where she majored in mathematics and minored in
English. Prior to college, she started tutoring. She
would hear from the students' parents how much better
their children were doing in school, that they have
become more productive in class and started doing more
homework. It was her love for math and the great satisfaction
she felt when helping children in school that made
her choose teaching as her profession. She is currently
teaching mathematics at Bayonne High School.
Rock received her Bachelor of Arts degree
in 1999 from Whitworth College in Washington State.
She then returned to her hometown of Modesto, California
to work in the public school system as a substitute
teacher. She knew her future was in education and in
the fall of 2001 entered both the theological seminary
and the teacher preparation program at Princeton University.
She graduated this past June with her masters degree
in education with elementary education certification.
She now teaches third grade at Amsterdam School in
Hillsborough. April believes in the irreplaceable value
of every individual. Consequently, she both strives
for community in her classroom and aims to teach about
character and relationships in addition to the scholastic
Rusnak began taking evening and weekend
classes at Saint Peter's College to pursue her dream
of becoming a teacher. She has been inducted into many
honor societies including Kappa Delta Pi and Alpha
Sigma Nu. Susan will graudate this May with her Bachelor
of Arts degree with elementary education certification.
Her interest in teaching comes from the joy she experienced
when she taught her three children to read. She has
remained active in the education of her three children.
She believes in educating the whole child, academically,
socially and morally. She looks forward to many successful
years of teaching.
Spinelli graduated this past December from
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with honors
receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts
and teacher education. As a visiting artist at the
Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ, she realized her love
for teaching the visual arts to others. From the classrooms
of Stockton to her student teaching experience, Teena
knew that she had chosen a profession that would meet
her intrinsic need to create as well as to inspire.
She feels that each student that she encounters is
a new lesson in appreciating life, compassion and learning.
Stalb graduated from the University of Rhode
Island in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication
studies and Spanish. Upon graduation, she began working
for the university as an event planner. While she loved
coordinating details and watching everything come together,
something was missing. She realized that children were
the missing component. In 2003, she married and moved
to New Jersey where she enrolled at Felician College
to obtain her certificate in elementary education.
She will graduate later this month with her degree
in education with elementary and early childhood certification.
Jennifer would like to create a fun, comfortable and
supportive environment where inspired learning takes
place. This seems more like a treat rather than a job
Yiu will graduate at the end of this month
from Centenary College with her Master's degree in
education with elementary certification. Thirty-four
years ago her family immigrated to America. Her parents
believed that America would provide better prospects
for a brighter future and a better education. Her passion
of teaching came from when she was a student in the
ESL classes in Public School #19 in Elizabeth. Ivy
spent two years in ESL learning from effective and
nurturing teachers. She would then spend many hours
teaching English to her parents. It was not enough
to only learn, she had to share what she had learned.
She firmly believes that the daily "sharings" planted
the love of teaching in her. Although the past thirty-four
years have taken Ivy along a different career path,
her love of teaching has never diminished. She cannot
wait to take her first step to embark on yet another
journey of a thousand miles into education. She is
eagerly looking forward to having the opportunity to
share her love of learning with the next generation