BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater resident Erik Fargo, an agricultural science teacher at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, was chosen as the 2019-2020 Educator of the Year.

Fargo said he was, "confused, stunned and surprised to see so many smiling faces" when he was told of the award, according to a release.

Fargo said he enjoys most working with the students.

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"Seeing the students excited, motivated to do more and when the students realize the power they have, that's the fun part of the job," he said in the release.

Fargo said he attributed his success to the support he receives from administration, his advisory committee and his family. He said his drive and motivation feeds off the students' energy and pushes him to do more.

Over the years, Fargo said, there have been several instances where he was told he would be a perfect fit for the classroom. The first instance, he said, was when his grandfather suggested he should become a teacher like his great-grandmother.

"It has truly been a blessing to work with all administrators, colleagues and students in my career," Fargo said. "I am very thankful for this recognition."

Fargo lives in Bridgewater with his wife Sharon and his two sons, Kevin and Drew. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, especially biking, and spending time with his family. Currently, he is preparing himself to participate in a triathlon.