FLEMINGTON, NJ – A 7th-grade Special Education Teacher at J.P. Case Middle School has been named Hunterdon’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year by the Governor's Educator of the Year Program.

Therese Squicciarini was recently honored at an awards ceremony hosted by the state Department of Education, where 21 teachers were recognized.

Squicciarini graduated with a bachelor's degree from College of New Jersey in special education. She has taught in a variety of special education classroom settings. her approach is to take the time to get to know each student on a personal level while assessing their academic strengths and weaknesses.

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In a press release, the school said Squicciarini’s classroom is “ever-changing to accommodate the needs of her students.

“She meets each student where they are, differentiating so that each student finds success.” She uses real world applications - such as cooking and community service opportunities -  to help her students develop the skills they will need to be successful, productive adults.

“Her classroom is welcoming and her students know she cares about their success,” the release states. “She goes above and beyond every day for both students and colleagues. Her greatest wish as an educator is to make a small difference in the lives of her students, as so many valuable educators have made in hers.”

“These teachers reflect the exemplary quality of educational leadership that we see throughout our state,” said Gov. Phil Murphy.

The Governor’s Educator of the Year Program promotes a positive school culture by acknowledging the hard work and dedication of outstanding teachers. Individual schools are encouraged to nominate exceptional educators with diverse backgrounds to ensure that the honorees represent the ethnic/racial diversity of the state.

As an added incentive to participate this year, the state School Boards Association made it possible for more than 2,400 educators who were named as their local school’s educator of the year to receive free virtual educational resources that will benefit their students.