Chatham High School Technology teacher Jason Mariano was recognized by the New Jersey Technology and Engineering Educators Association with their 2018 Image Award.

The award honors "individuals who make a special effort that results in positive reflection of TED Education outside of the profession. Recipients of this award have received recognition in their community for their support of advancement of technology education through innovative projects and meaningful student experiences, resulting in positive community response."

“While I do not know who nominated me for the award, I know I am being presented this award alongside many outstanding individuals in the field of technology education from all parts of New Jersey," Mariano said.  "Being a technology educator has brought so much success and enjoyment to myself professionally and part of it is due to the community of technology teachers that work together within the NJTEEA organization. This award recognizes teachers that support the field of technology education outside of the classroom.

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"I am currently bringing 3D printing to summer camps in NJ that wanted to enhance their STEM content without the need to purchase and maintain the high end 3D printers. I have three 3D printers I bring to a camp in Florham Park and would like to expand to more summer camps. I firmly believe that introducing this type of technology properly into early ages increases interest in engineering and closes gender gaps in all fields of design and engineering.”

Chatham High School Supervisor of Instructional and Design Technology Danielle Dagounis said, “It is a great honor for Mr. Mariano to be recognized for his dedication to the profession over the past 20 years, 11 of which have been with the District. He was also honored eight years ago through the NJTEEA Innovative Technology Educator award program. Our department is proud to have Mr. Mariano recognized yet again.”

Mariano will receive his award at the New Jersey Technology and Engineering Educators Association Awards Ceremony on June 8th.