May 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston Public Schools was honored to introduce Mary Oates, our Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, as educator of the year at a reception with much of the Livingston community on April 30.
Oates was recognized by the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce for uniting our schools and families with many of the wonderful opportunities, programming, and activities that enrich the lives of children and create meaningful opportunities for teaching and learning.
Oates reflected on the inspiration she receives from students, colleagues, and her family in accepting the award, reciting a favorite quote: “Life is like a stone skipping over clear water. You don’t know how many skips you are going to get or for how long. What’s important are the ripples you make and how they affect the ones around you.”
Ms. Oates has created many positive ripples in the community, including support for the educational values of the Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee, which teaches drug and alcohol awareness, and Healthy Community Healthy Youth, which is a collaborative partnership to create a community where all young people thrive. Youth Appreciation Week, Stuff the Bus, National Night Out are among the ways Ms. Oates has fostered meaningful relationships with all the key stakeholders in the community and quietly volunteers her time. She is regular presence at nearly every special event that involves a child, be it art, music, math or science.
During the past 16 years at Livingston Public Schools, Ms. Oates noted how her life has been affected by ripples from so many of her colleagues. Each and every day, Ms. Oates said, “I am amazed by the dedication, commitment and passion” shown for our students. “I am in awe of the level of excitement and love of learning … and I am honored to share this award with them as they have impacted my life as an educator in positive ways which are just too numerous to count.”