EAST HANOVER, NJ- The Hanover Park Regional Board of Education honored Hanover Park and Whippany Park Teachers of the Year, Stephanie Keat and Lauren Pannucci, at their recent board of education meeting.
“I have hired a lot of teachers in my seven years as principal of Hanover Park,” said Hanover Park Principal, Thomas Callanan. “Stephanie is my best hire.”
Keat is the librarian at Hanover Park High School and has made tremendous strides since her hire. She has revamped the library and made it a true center for learning, both for the students and her fellow teachers. Keat has been instrumental in Hanover Park’s Chromebook Initiative, acting as a vanguard teacher for the program, and is a Google certified educator.
“When I became principal at Hanover Park, before Stephanie was the librarian, the library was a house of books and computers,” Callanan went on to say. “It is now a center for learning. Not only for kids, but for the staff as well.”
Keat was lauded as being exceptionally knowledgeable about everything under the sun. In addition to her duties as a librarian and a vanguard teacher, she was at the forefront of new learning initiatives and projects. She jumped into service learning projects and professional development workshops and was a key resource for a myriad of projects and activities throughout the year. Keat even lent her time outside the high school to give professional development courses to the East Hanover School District in preparation for their new equipment.
When you go in to Stephanie’s space, it’s just alive,” said Superintendent, Carol Grossi. “That’s what learning is about; interaction, relationships, curiosity and enthusiasm, which you (Keat) generate.”
Whippany Park’s Teacher of the Year is Lauren Pannucci. Pannucci is a world language teacher at the high school and is an alumnus of Hanover Park herself.
“She (Pannucci) is the single most effective world language teacher I have ever seen,” said Whippany Park Principal, Christopher Kelly. “I taught world language for ten years and when you walk into Lauren’s classroom you can see how well the kids do. They’re absorbing the language, they’re learning it and they’re gaining fluency and confidence.”
Pannucci is actually a former student of Kelly’s who described her even in high school as “a natural”. The level of passion and enthusiasm that Pannucci brings to her class is her most outstanding quality and Kelly made a point of expressing how he has incoming teachers sit in on her class to see her teach. It is encouraging for a school system to see their teachers flourish and their former students flourish and in Pannucci, the Hanover Park Regional School District has that all in one package.