Edison, NJ – On Monday, the Edison Board of Education hosted Teacher Appreciation night. Eighteen teachers were recognized as Teachers of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year. A full listing of recipients is below.
“When I ask people who inspired them the most, the most often answer is a teacher or a family member,” said Baninder Mahabir, the District’s Chief Academic Officer/Elementary Administrator.
“Consider that for a moment, a parent or a family member generally has several moments over the course of several years to make an impact. A teacher usually only has one,” said Ms. Mahabir, who introduced a video honoring the recipients.
Each recipient was introduced by the principals of their respective schools.
“I speak this evening for the thousands of Eagles, a generation of Edison youth and literally dozens of district teachers and administrators who first learned their craft under the guidance of Ms. Kathleen Hendricks, Edison High’s Teacher of the Year,” said Principal Charles Ross of Edison High School, who introduced Kathleen Hendricks.
“Running our child development classes, which include live preschoolers, Ms. Hendricks is an individual with seemingly endless energy, unparalleled dedication and an ability to get adolescents to tap into their empathy and begin to teach. Teaching is a noble profession and Ms. H sets the noblest example,” he remarked.
“He cares about students, the whole student, the whole package,” said Gail Pawlikowski, Principal of J.P. Stevens High School who introduced the school’s Teacher of the Year, David Marzano. Ms. Pawlikowski described his earlier role in the anti-smoking campaign and now the anti-vaping campaign. “His goal is to educate them while helping them to develop character and guiding them to make healthy choices.”
“Algebra II is a difficult course but not if you are fortunate to have Mr. Marzano. He breaks down the concepts into manageable parts and gives the students all the support they need to be successful. And the whole time he remains calm and kind,” she said.
Lincoln ES Casey La Malfa
Washington ES Kristen Schaffter
James Madison Intermediate Diane Mosko
Benjamin Franklin ES Denise Babst
John Marshall ES Genoveffa Rossiter
Menlo Park ES Tina Locasto
James Monroe ES Claudine Said
Lindeneau ES Mary Clare Pegos
Woodbrook ES Linda Ciccarella
Martin Luther King ES Melissa Northup
James Madison Primary Jamie Wolenter
Herbert Hoover MS Christina Cordero
John Adams MS Melissa Orzechowski
Thomas Jefferson MS Stacy Bovadikov
Woodrow Wilson MS Wendy Hurwitz
Edison HS Kathleen Hendricks
J.P. Stevens HS David Marzano
FDR/EELC Abigail Donington