March 16, 2014 at 2:47 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston has singled out 9 teachers as innovators and leaders for representing the mission of Livingston Public Schools “to empower all to learn, create, contribute and grow.”
This year, Livingston Public Schools honored:
- Burnet Hill: Kristin Santos, third grade
- Collins: Jodi Shalom, third grade
- Harrison: Lynn Sorrentino, third grade
- Hillside: Carmela Damante, fourth grade
- Mt. Pleasant Elementary: Nora Yukniewicz, third grade
- Riker Hill: Tara Lockwood, second grade
- Mt. Pleasant Middle School: Diane Zambito, science
- Heritage Middle School: Martha Cuervo, world language
- Livingston High School: Paul Raiz, science
Riker Hill’s Tara Lockwood was chosen as Livingston’s selection to move forward to complete for the Essex County Teacher of the Year. According to LPS Manager of Communications/Community Outreach, Marilyn Joyce Lehren, Lockwood’s second-grade classroom is alive in creativity, from poetry readings in a Greenwich Village-like coffee shop to the teacher dressed as a favorite storybook character, the super sleuth Fancy Nancy.
“You don’t go into teaching to try and earn accolades or awards,” said LHS science Teacher Paul Raiz. “You just try to be a professional, care about the kids, and work hard to be the best that you can be.”
According to Lehren, “for all nine of Livingston's Teachers of the Year, bringing home the "gold" represents the countless hours preparing the classroom, creating lessons, writing lesson plans, grading papers, and figuring out how to fit everything into a single day.”
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