BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Longtime Bridgewater-Raritan High School mathematics teacher David Weth was recently honored as a 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award from the University of Chicago.
He was honored at the Bridgewater-Raritan board of education meeting Oct. 29.
“It’s nice to be recognized by a student I had for two years,” said Weth of earning the award.
According to a letter from James G. Nondorf, dean of admissions and financial aid at UChicago, Weth was nominated by one of his former students, Matias Pietruszka, who enrolled at the university this fall.
Weth recalled Pietruszka as “definitely” a good student.
In the letter, Pietruszka said he had been “extremely grateful” to have had Weth as a teacher for his final two years at BRHS.
“I am certain that my new friends at UChicago will be very jealous of the greatest worksheet ever, the greatest flowchart ever and all of the fun stories I will share about Calculus BC and Calculus II/Differential Equations,” said Pietruszka. “Thank you so much.”
Weth said he has been teaching in the Bridgewater-Raritan district since September 2001. He had previously taught math in the Somerset Hills School District, in Bernards, for several years, prior to coming to Bridgewater-Raritan.
He said the most rewarding aspect of his job on a daily basis is when he sees mathematics click for his students.
“They grow to appreciate the subject,” said Weth.
“I cannot express in words how much you helped to open my eyes up to the beauty and elegance of math beyond its practical uses,” he said.
A certificate of recognition was presented to Weth at the school board meeting by Superintendent Russell Lazovick, board of education president Jill Gladstone and Jason Mauriello, supervisor of mathematics in the district for grades nine to 12.