CRANFORD - Walnut Avenue School (WAS) has announced that Lisa Becker has been selected as the 2019-2020 Educational Services Professional of the Year.

Mrs. Becker has worked in the kindergarten classroom for the past six years. According to Walnut Avenue School Principal Celine McNally, Mrs. Becker’s knowledge of technology benefits both the students and the teacher. She is able to trouble-shoot computer issues, uses the computer for data entry, and uses educational-based sites to support the learning of individual students.

"Mrs. Becker is a natural teacher, making her an extraordinary paraprofessional," said McNally. "Her dedication to the students and the classroom is outstanding, as she comes in early to support both the teacher and the students, stays late to be sure all students are picked up for the day, and she continuously takes home things to prepare for the students, going above and beyond."

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"Mrs. Becker is always willing to help others, especially substitute teachers in the classroom, McNally added. "She models the classroom routines for the substitute and makes sure the students are comfortable with the guest teacher. Mrs. Becker supports many staff members at Walnut Avenue School. She is collaborative and has a wonderful, positive attitude. Mrs. Becker’s flexibility, organizational skills, and her love of the students are exceptional."

About Walnut Avenue School

Walnut Avenue School serves students in Pre-K through second grade, and is located at 370 Walnut Ave, Cranford, NJ. 

About the Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year:

The New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program and the Governor's Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program have been integrated into the Governor's Educator of the Year Program. This updated program highlights educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching, and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success. Further, it seeks to attract public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system.