TRENTON, NJ - Bryan Lowe, a fifth-grade teacher at Valley Road School has been named County Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Department of Education. 

Lowe, a Kean University graduate, keeps busy in and out of school year-round.  According to his biography on the NJDOE site, Lowe believes in building a mindset of community in his students and wants them to understand that education takes resolve and grit while being fun. 

He also travels to Guatemala with the group, De Casas a Hogares, to build homes for needy families and helps fundraise to send their children to school. Locally, Lowe is the creator of a history camp he runs in Clark each summer that emphasizes often overlooked perspectives through history.

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"Bryan consistently displays the highest level of excellence in his work and interactions with students both within and outside of the classroom,” said Superintendent Ed Grande after hearing of Lowe’s distinction.  “His hiring was on par with our school system winning the lottery and he could not be more well-deserving of this recognition."

According to NJDOE officials, the County Teachers of the Year will network with educators throughout the state and serve as ambassadors for New Jersey’s public schools.   A panel of educators then will select the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year based on written applications, video submissions, and interviews with the top six finalists.

The State Teacher of the Year is expected to be announced in October and will go on to represent New Jersey in competing for the title of National Teacher of the Year.


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