ELIZABETH, NJ –Rosa Moreno, an Elizabeth resident, has been named Teacher of the Year at Charles Chaplain Watters P.S.#24 in Jersey City, the first time a foreign languages educator has been so honored there.
“One of the things I consider about my teaching career is how I can impact the future,” said Moreno explaining her approach to her profession. “This is what originally motivated me to become a teacher. As a teacher I have the power to change future societies for the better. I believe that a key element in teaching foreign language is bringing cultural elements, motivation and technology into the classroom. ”
In addition to her teaching duties, Moreno is vice president of the Spanish and Portuguese Association of Teachers of New Jersey whose function is to promote language and culture of those two countries. Also as the coordinator of the National Spanish Exam for New Jersey, she states she is excited to have registered almost 4,000 students for this exam. Winners of the National Spanish test will be awarded at the Spring Congreso, April 30, a seminar for Spanish teachers of New Jersey, coordinated by Moreno. The event that takes place in Parsippany Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites offers teachers 3.5 professional hours. For more information, visit www.njaatsp.org
But Moreno’s first priority is her passion for teaching, and she has this advice for new foreign language educators. “My recommendations for new teachers are to get to know your students, understand their environment, the culture. Based on that, design your teaching techniques. I believe in differentiating instruction. Every student learns in different ways. My students never forget how much I love them and the passion I put into teaching them. Spanish is my life. I cannot see my life without teaching.”
Outside of school, Moreno, who is originally from Colombia, is an active community member in her adopted hometown. She serves on the City Planning Board, works with Hispanos Unidos, which is a a group promoting the needs of the Hispanic Community, and is a member of Elizabeth Port Parent Support Group, a group that works with children with special needs.