BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Dr. Melissa Varley, Superintendent of Schools of the Berkeley Heights School District, has announced the “Educator of the Year” in their respective schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

Carol Scales, Preschool Teacher at Mary Kay McMillin Early Childhood Center; Stacey Saravay, Fifth Grade Teacher at Mountain Park School, Jennifer Fischer, Fifth Grade Teacher at Thomas P. Hughes School; Stephanie Parrott, Second Grade Teacher at William Woodruff School; Steven Buonaspina, Seventh Grade Social Studies Teacher at Columbia Middle School; and Bob Segear, Student Assistance Counselor at Governor Livingston High School, have all been selected for special recognition in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Education 2019-2020 Educator of the Year Program.

Dr. Varley announced and congratulated the teachers in her weekly video message to the district families. Click here to view entire video where she highlights "kinks and issues" and accomplishments of the online remote learning that is being utilized throughout the district via Zoom and Google Classroom while schools are closed due to Governor's order during the COVID-19 crisis.  

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“It was phenomenal -- not as great as walking into the classroom and handing the teachers flowers and balloons -- but we set up Zoom meetings. By the end of the day we had it down," said Dr. Varley.

"We are so honored to have these teachers as part of our district," she said. She asked the families to congratulate the teachers for their hard work by reaching out through email. 

The “Educators of the Year” will be honored at a ceremony scheduled during the public meeting of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Governor Livingston High School.  All students, staff, parents and community members are invited to attend this important event. 

The Berkeley Heights “Educators of the Year” also will be honored at a county-wide recognition breakfast to be hosted by the Union County Executive Superintendent of Schools at Kean University.

Visit the District website for updates with regard to school closings as ordered by Governor Phil Murphy to stop the spread of COVID-19.