BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education recently honored more than 50 educators in the school district for individual accomplishments ranging from 25 years in the district and earning advanced academic degrees, to achieving the coveted mark of tenure.
Certificates were presented to the various educators by Superintendent Russell Lazovick and board of education president Jill Gladstone at the Nov. 19 meeting.
“This folder is excessively large,” said Lazovick of his file that held all the award certificates.
The first document of the evening went to Carol Munn, at Eisenhower Intermediate School, a technology teacher for the last 15 years in the district, who is also currently working on her doctoral degree. She earned the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Professional Learning Network Master Educator Award for October 2019.
Besides certificates, the district also presented commemorative pins to those educators who had completed at least 25 years in the Bridgewater-Raritan district. They were Kathleen De Bonis, physical education and health teacher at Bridgewater-Raritan High School; Laura Hnasko, English and special education teacher at the high school; Catalina Lopez, first grade teacher at John F. Kennedy Primary School; David Kennedy, athletic trainer at the high school; Juyon Kang, second grade teacher at Adamsville Primary School; and Roy Dragon, assistant principal for grade 11 at the high school.
Seven educators were celebrated for obtaining advanced degrees. They were Julie Kozoh, sixth grade teacher at Eisenhower, for a Master of Education in reading; Lydia Pinto, physical education teacher at the high school, for a Master of Arts in Teaching; Marybel Joven, a Spanish teacher at Hillside Intermediate School, for a Master of Arts in instruction curriculum/bilingual; Gregory Evans, special education teacher at the high school, for a Master of Arts in autism spectrum disorders; Katherine LaBruna and Jennifer Murphy, first grade teachers at Crim Primary School, who both received a Master of Education; and Katherine Tierney, teacher of academic independence at Eisenhower, for a Master of Education.
The list of professionals who had attained tenure by far the longest list of the evening. Those honored were Jayne Barrett, a teacher of World Language/French at the high school; Andrea Bongiovanni, intervention specialist at JFK; Colleen Buzby, science teacher at the high school; Laura Dalton, intervention specialist at Hillside; Michelle Datuin, an English as a second language (ESL) teacher at Adamsville; Alyssa Di Giacomo, intervention specialist at JFK and Adamsville; Kathleen Doherty, English teacher at the high school; Amal Festa, secretary at the Wade Administration Building; Nancy Kaiteris, school social worker at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School; Christina King, technology teacher at Hillside; Jaimee Kochis, Supervisor of Instructional Technology at Hillside; Michelle Levash, ESL teacher at Adamsville; Jason Mauriello, supervisor of mathematics at the high school; Sandy O'Hare, elementary teacher at JFK; Lorie Santos, teacher of family and consumer sciences at the middle school; Keri Schultz, physical education teacher at the middle school; Bridgewater-Raritan Assistant Superintendent of Schools Daniel Silvia; James Singagliese, principal at Adamsville; Carolina Smith, an elementary teacher at Adamsville; Kiley Thergesen, mathematics teacher at the middle school; Kelly Anthony, social studies teacher at Eisenhower; Corinne Brown, elementary teacher at Hamilton Primary School; Robert De Stefano, special education teacher at the high school; Kathryn Garden, speech language specialist at Adamsville; Stephen Kline, special education teacher at the high school; Paige Kopman, elementary teacher at Van Holten Primary School; Thomas Pepitone, music teacher at Hillside; Amanda Sypniewski, mathematics teacher at the high school; Nicholas Barcheski, special education teacher at the high school; Diana Befi, music teacher at Milltown Primary School; Michelle Chatterton, ESL teacher at Adamsville; Deborah Crisa, speech language specialist at Crim; Patricia Duplay, executive secretary for the special services department at Wade; Alyssa Frazier, physical education teacher at the high school; Stacy Garcia, secretary at Hamilton; Mark Jarmon, supervisor of English/language arts at the high school; Sarah Nasson, art teacher at the high school; Lauren Norton, secretary at the high school; Nichole Pine, special education teacher at the high school; Maria Sillib, secretary at the high school; Paul Wargo, science teacher at the high school; and Madelyn Witchel, science teacher at the middle school.
“We greatly appreciate all you do,” said Lazovick, who also noted that everyone who received an award had been in the district longer than he had. “Congratulations.”