RARITAN, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education honored three faculty members who recently earned their doctorates in education.
Laura Craig, the district’s supervisor of fine arts, earned her Doctor of Education, with a concentration in school district administration, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, from Gwynedd Mercy College in Pennsylvania.
Bridgewater-Raritan High School principal Charles Ezell earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown.
Mark Jarmon, a district supervisor, earned his Doctor of Education in K-12 School Administration from Seton Hall University.
Superintendent Russell Lazovick and school board president Jill Gladstone presented the trio with certificates of recognition from the board.
Lazovick also put Jarmon on the spot a bit, for the latter’s alternate career as a published author. Jarmon’s first book, “Monster Surf Tales and Other Poems,” was published in 2015.
Jarmon said he started by sharing poems in class with his students, which eventually evolved into a book. A sequel to his original title is due in the future, either in 2020 or 2021, while his first book is available on Amazon.com.
“I’ve gone around the state, speaking to students and their teachers about poetry,” said Jarmon. “It’s a passion of mine. And stay tuned for book two.”
Lazovick praised all three educators for their work in the district.
“You really serve as a model,” he said. “We greatly appreciate the time you spend here with our students.”
Gladstone also presented former school board member Jeffrey Brookner with a plaque for his 12-year tenure on the board, which he ended in 2019 when he ran for mayor of Bridgewater Township. Gladstone and other board members had earlier publicly feted Brookner at his final board meeting in late September.
The wooden plaque came from the New Jersey School Boards Association, and listed the dates of Brookner’s board service, from 2007 to 2019.
Brookner also received a lifetime gold NJSBA membership card that will allow him free admission to school concerts, athletic contests and the like.
“It’s worth its weight in gold,” Gladstone said.
Gladstone, who joined the school board in 2007 along with Brookner, reiterated that she had learned a great deal from her colleague, and that it had been okay for them to disagree sometimes.
“We miss you here,” she said, “and hope you will stick around.”
Gladstone also praised Brookner’s dedication to the community, and thanked him for his time on the board.