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Governor Murphy and NJDOE Announce 2018-19 County Teachers of the Year

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael Yaple
August 16, 2018
(609) 376-9072

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) recognized 21 teachers as the 2018-19 County Teachers of the Year in an awards ceremony at Jackson Memorial High School, Jackson, NJ.

“I am honored to recognize the 2018-2019 County Teachers of the Year,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “These 21 educators exemplify the outstanding level of talent and commitment that exists in New Jersey’s public schools. Their hard work and dedication is a critical part of making our state’s public education system one of the best in the country and creating a life-long love of learning for New Jersey’s students.”

“Our greatest resources in public education are our educators,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “Here in New Jersey, we are blessed to have many brilliant educators, and these 21 who are being recognized as County Teachers of the Year are emblematic of the quality of instruction that we see throughout the Garden State.”

Individual schools are encouraged to identify educators for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of their outstanding teachers.  Teachers recognized as part of this program become eligible to compete for County Teachers of the Year.  Panels representing a cross-section of administrators, teachers, parents and members of county education associations select each County Teacher of the Year.

The County Teachers of the Year will network with educators throughout the state and serve as ambassadors for New Jersey’s public schools. Additional information can be found on the Governor’s Educator of the Year webpage.

A panel of educators then will select the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year based on written applications, video submissions and interviews with the County Teachers of the Year. The State Teacher of the Year is expected to be announced at the State Board of Education's October meeting, and will go on to represent New Jersey in competing for the title of National Teacher of the Year.

New Jersey's 2018-19 County Teachers of the Year are as follows:

2018-19 County Teachers of the Year
County First Name Last Name Grade Level Subject Area School School District
Atlantic Mark Deebold 9th-12th ESL Atlantic City
High School
Atlantic City
School District




Special Education

The Valley Program

Northern Valley Reg. H.S. District

Burlington Melissa Antinoff 3rd Elementary Ashbrook Elementary School Lumberton School District
Camden Jennifer Mazzochi 8th Special Education Charles W. Lewis Middle School Gloucester Township School District
Cape May Carrie Merritt 1st Elementary Ocean City Primary School Ocean City School District
Cumberland Vicki Yeager 10th-12th Chemistry Vineland High School Vineland School District
Essex Smita Dharsi 2nd Elementary Edgemont Montessori School Montclair School District
Gloucester Vanessa Paccione 3rd-5th Art General Charles G. Harker School Swedesboro-Woolwich School District
Hudson Patricia Smeyers 5th Elementary Clarendon Elementary School Secaucus School District
Hunterdon Amy Mullay 9th-12th Latin North Hunterdon High School North Hunterdon-Voorhees Reg. H.S. District
Mercer Nicholas Johnson 10th-12th Science Central High School Hopewell Valley Regional School District
Middlesex Matthew Wechter 3rd Elementary Robert N. Wilentz Elementary School Perth Amboy School District
Monmouth Todd Curtis 10th-12th Social Studies Howell High School Freehold Regional High School District
Morris Jennifer Skomial 9th-12th CTE Child Development Morris County School of Technology Morris County Vocational School District
Ocean William Smith 7th-8th Social Studies Southern Regional Middle School Southern Regional School District
Passaic Robert Edgar 9th-12th English Pompton Lakes High School Pompton Lakes School District
Salem Rosemary Poliski 6th-8th Special Education Quinton Twp. Elementary School Quinton Township School District
Somerset Viktoria Wargo Kindergarten Special Education Triangle Elementary School Hillsborough School District
Sussex Kate Del Vecchio 5th-8th Art Halsted Middle School Newton School District
Union Barbara Brady 9th-12th Health & Physical Education Linden High School Linden School District
Warren Selena Donaldson Kindergarten Elementary Mansfield Twp. Elementary School Mansfield Township School District