BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Fifteen teachers who teach Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Governor Livingston High School received recognition at the Dec. 7 Board of Education meeting for the excellent results of their students on the AP exams.

These 15 teachers taught a total of 20 AP courses in which at least 60 percent of the people enrolled in the course took the AP exam and, of that number, at least 90 percent passed the exam. Assistant Superintendent Scott Scott McKinney presented each of the teachers who reached that goal with a certificate recognizing them for the success.  

The 15 teachers whose students achieved a score of 3 or better on the exams during May 2017 were: Benjamin Bolger, Dawn Buchan, April Burke, Jeanmarie Ciarrocca, Steven Ciarrocca, Steven Hess, Jacqueline Hudacko, Neal Korn, Doreen Ladinski, Daniel McGovern, Lara Mendenhall, Meredith Morgan, Nicholas O’Sullivan, Christine Talarico, and Megan Wranitz.

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This recognition for the teachers came, in part, as a way to recognize the faculty and administrators who helped the district be named to the AP Honor Roll. The qualifications to make the honor roll consider the progress made over a three-year period, so McKinney, the former high school principal, and Principal Robert Nixon, were also credited with creating an atmosphere in which success is encouraged and rewarded. 

McKinney said, "I am proud to be part of this."  

Board Vice President Bill Cassano called these teachers the "pillars" of the educational community, whose dedication and effort helped "improve student achievement."  

A copy of the resolution is below. 




WHEREAS, the Berkeley Heights Public School District has established a Strategic Plan that is focused on continuously improving student achievement through a rigorous and balanced curriculum delivered by high performing educators; and    

WHEREAS, the district understands that the Advanced Placement program offered by the College Board is a rigorous measure of student achievement and serves to prepare students for success in the college classroom; and  

WHEREAS, the district recognizes that the Advanced Placement program is a culmination of hard work by the students and numerous teachers during their time in our district; and  

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that, the Berkeley Heights Board of Education members would like to recognize Governor Livingston High School for increasing the number of students prepared and willing to enroll in these challenging courses while maintaining a high level of excellence and achievement on these exams; and offer their congratulations to the following teachers for their successful work with their students who earned a passing rate of 90% or higher on the exams taken in May of 2017: Ben Bolger, United States History; Dawn Buchan, Physics 1 and Physics 2; April Burke, United States History; Jeanmarie Ciarrocca, English Language and Composition; Steve Ciarrocca, Computer Science A, Calculus AB, and Calculus BC; Steve Hess, Statistics; Jacqueline Hudacko, United States History; Neal Korn, Studio Art Drawing and Studio Art 2-D Design; Doreen Ladinski, English Literature and Composition; Dan McGovern, Physics C Mechanics; Lara Mendenhall, Environmental Science; Dr. Meredith Morgan, Chemistry; Nicholas O’Sullivan, Music Theory; Christine Talarico, English Language and Composition; and Megan Wranitz, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics; and  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a signed and sealed copy of this resolution be framed and kept on display at Governor Livingston High School.   Signed and sealed, this, the seventh day of December, of the year Two-Thousand Seventeen.  

Doug Reinstein, President, Board of Education and Judith A. Rattner, Superintendent of Schools