FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Florham Park’s own Jennifer Munzer was recently awarded the high honor of Exemplary Elementary Educator for the state of New Jersey. This award is part of the Educator Recognition program and is awarded by the New Jersey Department of Education. The program honors outstanding educators who, among other things, exhibit strong knowledge and skills, an inspiring presence and have a positive impact on students, colleagues and the community.
“Jen Munzer, who has been working at the Brooklake School for approximately eight or nine years, is one of the best teachers I have worked with,” said Brooklake’s principal Steven Caponegro. “No one works harder than her. No one reaches the students more than she does. The population she serves couldn’t have a better person.”
Munzer is the special needs teacher at Brooklake School. She has spent the better part of the last decade working for the special needs children of Florham Park. She currently is working alongside the fourth and fifth grade students, preparing them for the transition into middle school.
“My son had the pleasure of being with Mrs. Munzer last year,” one parent came forward to say. “She had brought him to such incredible heights that I didn’t even think were possible. The amounts of progress that he made within her program, socially, academically, even behaviorally have just completely changed all of our lives. We are so very thankful and she is such a special person.”
Munzer’s application was put through a multi-tiered evaluation process by the state. These involved several phone calls and follow ups by the state with various levels of the Florham Park administration and Munzer’s fellow teachers. This is an award that is not given just to anyone.
“The goal of this program is to identify educators who are valued by their school and community and that exhibit strong knowledge and skill, an inspiring presence and a clear vision for a quality teaching environment,” Caponegro went on to say, reading from a Department of Education’s letter. “After a rigorous selection process, Jennifer has been chosen as a 2016 Exemplary Educator.”