CLARK, NJ -Joe Beltramba, Principal of Valley Road School in Clark,  was recently recognized as the American Legion’s NJ Educator of the Year.

Beltramba was nominated by the American Legion Post 328.  According to the American Legion, the award is given to educators based on their “leadership and participation in promoting American Legion Americanism programs, civic responsibility, flag etiquette, and patriotism. Accomplishments of the educator must be over and above their assigned duties.

"I am honored to be recognized by those that we honor. As with most awards, this would not be possible without all that the staff and students do to celebrate our veterans. So, I thank Valley Road students and staff for making our school and our town a special place for our veterans.”  said Beltramba.   

 The award is designed to “increase the awareness of dedication and work that educators do in supporting the American Legion programs.  Beltramba will be given a plaque to be displayed in school.