BLOOMFIELD, NJ –  Annual ‘Teacher of the Year’ award winners were announced for the 2019-20 school year at the Bloomfield Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday evening.

In what normally would be a public celebration was instead a video package featuring school principals announcing the winners, followed by a short speech from each award recipient.

“I am proud to say that the educators of the year are a phenomenal group of amazing individuals and we are extremely proud of them,” said Bloomfield Schools Superintendent Sal Goncalves.  “We have an outstanding group of educators.  This is a night we would normally have everyone with us in this room, but unfortunately, we cannot have that.  But this video is heartwarming.”

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Teacher of the Year, Service Professional of the Year, and Educational Support Staff of the Year award winners include:

  • Ashley Marroquin, Forest Glen School
  • Meredith Forte, Berkeley School
  • Rosann Russomano, Berkeley School
  • Robert Mayer, Brookdale School
  • Maria Geraci, Brookdale School
  • Michael Cullen, Carteret School
  • Alaina Lennon, Carteret School
  • Melissa Manzueta, Demarest School
  • Carol Getic, Demarest School
  • Gabriella Calabro, Franklin School
  • Daniella McNamara, Franklin School
  • Tracey Denuto, Fairview School
  • Sybilree Fitzgerald, Fairview School
  • Kelly Rennie, Oak View School
  • Robyn Lee, Oak View School
  • Katelynn Rodriguez, Watsessing School
  • Michael Mazzeo, Watsessing School
  • Jody Sutula, Bloomfield Middle School
  • Edward Capozzi, Bloomfield Middle School
  • Dan DiDomenico, Bloomfield High School
  • Melissa Stawicki, Bloomfield High School

“Thank you to our principals and out staff members for putting that video together,” said Board President Jill Fischman.  “That’s just a small taste of the wonderful staff we have here.”

In other business, a hearing of the public was requested ahead of the meeting via email, with a question regarding online kindergarten enrollment questions about requesting immigration and citizenship information.  Mr. Ditoli answered the question stating that answering those questions is now optional and voluntary, and if answered, the information is transmitted securely.

Another public question raised the issue of families who do not have access to technology at home.  The board said that kiosks will be setup by the district to handle registration once the stay at home restrictions are relaxed for those who cannot do so virtually from home.

Tuesday’s meeting was streamed live from the School Administration Building with board members participating via videoconference.  Proceedings aired on the district Facebook page and WBMA-TV since the public session was closed due to social distancing mandates.

The next Bloomfield Board of Education Public Meeting takes place Tuesday, June 9 at the School Administration Building with a closed executive session at 5:00 pm followed by the livestreamed public meeting at 5:30 pm.