BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A number of teachers and staff in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District were recognized at a recent board of education meeting for Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award and Governor’s Educational Services Professional Award.

“I can’t stress enough how teachers, and professional staff, have such a lifelong impact on the students here,” Board of Education President Jill Gladstone said.

For the 2016–2017 Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award, the honorees were:

  • Denise Trabachino, Adamsville, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Kimberly Rose, Bradley Gardens, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Heather Diaforli-Day, Crim, Music Teacher
  • Emily Clancy, Hamilton, 1st Grade Teacher
  • Michele Hayward, John F. Kennedy, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Jeannette Martinez, Milltown, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Kristin Laine, Van Holten, 2nd Grade Special Education Teacher
  • Elizabeth Bliss, Eisenhower, Grade 6 ELA Teacher
  • Stacie Griswold, Hillside, 5th Grade Special Education
  • Margaret Tkach, BRMS, Technology Teacher
  • David Weth, BRHS, Math Teacher

For the Governor’s Educational Services Professional Award, the honorees were:

  • Beth Cassidy, Adamsville, Occupational Therapist
  • Bonnie Allen, Bradley Gardens, Intervention Specialist
  • Maryellen Filep, Crim, LDTC & Pre-School Case Manager
  • Roberta (Robin) Davitt, Hamilton, School Nurse
  • Stacey Titus, John F. Kennedy, Paraprofessional
  • Amy Stores, Milltown, Occupational Therapist
  • Deborah Wachtel, Van Holten, Occupational Therapist
  • Patricia Mulrane, Eisenhower, Paraprofessional
  • William Nivison, Hillside, Physical Therapist
  • Lori Macsata, BRMS, School Counselor
  • Kristia Greenberg, BRHS, School Counselor