Nominations Wanted for Outstanding Westfield Intermediate Teacher Awards

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Optimist Club of Westfield announced Friday that the deadline for receipt of nominations for its 17th annual Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher Awards is Tuesday, Apr. 22.  Two Westfield intermediate school teachers – one from Edison and one from Roosevelt Intermediate Schools – will receive these on May 14 at an Optimist Club dinner, and will later be honored at a Board of Education meeting in June.

Nominations should specify ways in which the teacher has demonstrated outstanding teaching, interest in children and continued pursuit of professional growth. Nominees must be full-time teachers in the Westfield Public Schools for grades six through eight for a minimum of five years.

“The Outstanding Teacher Award gives deserving credit to our intermediate school teachers who provide an educationally stimulating and supporting environment during the critical stage of adolescence,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Margaret Dolan.

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Students, parents and staff should submit nomination letters to: Outstanding Teacher Award Committee of the Optimist Club of Westfield, c/o Office of the Superintendent, Westfield Public Schools, 302 Elm St., Westfield, NJ  07090 or emailed to

Previous winners of the award from Edison include Debbie Ann Vezos, Kristi Houghtaling, Kristine Smith-Morasso, Michael Altman, Marni Kirschenbaum, Alexandra Boutsikaris, David Greer, Teresa Squillace, Kathleen Zippler, Janice Sheridan, Robert Hild, Gloria White-James, Nancy Rygiel, David Shapiro, Walter Buda and Robert Sanders.

Roosevelt teachers who have been honored with the Optimist award include Pamela Friedman, Stephanie Kwiatkowski, Laura Segedin, Denis McMorrow, Marc Biunno, Dona Panagos, Jeffrey Robbins, Glen Kurz, Elizabeth Scheuerer, Linda Vail, Karen Lust, Jack Martin, Wendy Masteller, Thomas Reynolds, Walter Buda, Lynne Gerber and Frank Nolde.

The Optimist Club of Westfield also supports the schools and children through Project Graduation, the Freshmen Service Project, Oratorical Contest, Hands-on Science, the Congressional Seminar and Global Environment Scholarships and as a co-sponsor for the Halloween Haunted House.

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