BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District took some time out to celebrate nearly two dozen of its educators and staff who were recently feted by the state for their work in the district’s 11 school buildings.
The Bridgewater-Raritan board of education presented certificates at its Jan. 21 meeting to 11 educators who were honored by the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program, and another 11 individuals who were recognized with the Educational Services Professional Award. According to the state’s Department of Education website, the program “highlights educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching and important services outside the classroom that lead to student success.”
The Governor’s Educator of the Year Award recipients from Bridgewater-Raritan schools were: Alyssa DiGiacomo, Adamsville Primary School; Alexander Holland, Bradley Gardens Primary School; Avani Morales, Crim Primary School; Hillary Razka, Hamilton Primary School; Claudia Browne, John F. Kennedy Primary School; Meredith Alvarez, Milltown Primary School; Courtney Kinnevy, Van Holten Primary School; Jennifer Johnson, Eisenhower Intermediate School; John Hingelberg, Hillside Intermediate School; Jessica Staudt, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School; and Judith Raphel, Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
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Superintendent of Schools Russell Lazovick said that all the recipients will be invited to a county celebration later this year.
“Thank you for all you do for us,” he told the first batch of recipients.

The Educational Services Professional Recognition Award recipients were Lindsey Blake, Adamsville; Joanne Flora, Bradley Gardens; Lindsay DeFilippo, Crim; Marie Murray, Hamilton; Catherine Kirchner, JFK; Meredith Alvarez, Milltown; Cynthia Lisk, Van Holten; Amanda Disbrow, Eisenhower; Maria Grewal, Hillside; Suzanne Geoghan, BRMS; and Dr. James Porter, BRHS.
“The support you provide is absolutely invaluable,” Lazovick said. “Thank you so much."
Laura Kress, president of the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association, gave her own praise for the staff that was recognized.

“Everybody who works here does awesome work,” she said.