CRANFORD - Jamie Warner, an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Orange Avenue School in Cranford, has been named Union County Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE).

The NJDOE announced 21 teachers as the 2020-2021 County Teachers of the Year during a virtual awards ceremony on August 26. Each teacher also received a shout-out from Governor Phil Murphy on Twitter. 

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“Our County Teachers of the Year exemplify the dedication and commitment we see in educators throughout the state,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Now, more than ever, it’s important to celebrate and support our teachers in their efforts to ensure all students have opportunities to succeed.”

“Teachers and schools have the power to change lives, said Interim Education Commissioner Kevin Dehmer. “The County Teachers of the Year who were announced today are being honored not only for their outstanding performance, but also for their high expectations for all students.”

Along with being named Union County Teacher of the Year by NJDOE, Ms. Warner was also named Orange Avenue School (OAS) 2019-2020 Educator of the Year back in May. According to OAS Principal Lori Lubieski-Hutmaker, some accomplishments of Ms. Warner include:

  • Having presented at a workshop at the NJ Council for the Social Studies annual conference at Rutgers-New Brunswick entitled “Human Rights education for All – A Social Studies Imperative.”
  • Her students have presented their research projects at the annual Cranford Community Holocaust Day of Remembrance. 
  • Ms. Warner’s students participate in the annual Mahatma Gandhi Art and Writing Contest where she encourages them to interpret the principles of Gandhi in an effort to develop student citizenship. 
  • This past fall, she was a guest presenter at the Association of Indians in America Gandhi Jayanti 150th year celebration at Princeton University. 
  • Participated in the Rock and Roll Forever Foundations’s TeachRock Workshop with Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band to promote arts integration and help all children learn curriculum through music.