SOMERSET, NJ - District administrators and township officials honored 20 teachers and educational services professionals yesterday for their exceptional dedication to Franklin students.

Each of the district's 10 schools named a teacher and educational service professional of the year. The educators were selected by their peers to receive the award under the New Jersey Governor’s Educator of the Year program.

“These professionals have dedicated much of their time and energy to helping our children reach their individual learning potential,” Superintendent John Ravally said.

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Nick DiMeglio, president of the district’s Parent Organizations Presidents’ Council, said that the teachers are asked to do a lot but rarely get the recognition they deserve.

“Let today be that special day for everything you’ve done for us,” DiMeglio said. “You are selfless givers and mentors to so many of us.”

At the celebratory breakfast, Board of Education President Nancy LaCorte and Mayor Phillip Kramer reflected on the importance of educators in their own lives.

If it wasn’t for a school nurse, Kramer said he wouldn’t be where he is today.

“She figured out back in the 60s that I was dyslexic and that was back when dyslexia wasn’t a thing, no one knew about it. That absolutely changed my life. I got the education and training I needed through my school, I was a special ed student back then, and the rest is history,” Kramer said.

LaCorte said there have been wonderful teachers in her life, but being on the board showed her the importance of staff that can foster meaningful relationships with students.

“The most important relationship we have is the one we have with the students. And it's because of you that we are fortunate to have such a great relationship with the kids and provide the programs that I’m so proud of that we can give to the kids,” LaCorte said.

Paul Walczyk, first vice president of the Franklin Township Education Association, thanked the educators for their relentless dedication to students.

“Never forget this noble honor, because, without question, our students will never forget you,” Walczyk said.
Here are the winners of the 2018-2019 Teacher and Educational Services Professional of the Year:

Franklin High School

Teacher of the Year: Maggie Muir Shylock

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Chance Summerer

FMS Hamilton Campus

Teacher of the Year: Nicole Monfasani

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Thomas McLaughlin

FMS Sampson Campus

Teacher of the Year: Carminda Bandeira

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Barbara Klinck

Claremont Elementary

Teacher of the Year: Beth Osipowitz

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Theresa Ferrigno

Conerly Road School

Teacher of the Year: Cyndy Normart

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Abbe Levine

Elizabeth Avenue School

Teacher of the Year: Tina Wojtowicz

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Terri Giorgianni

Franklin Park School

Teacher of the Year: Chelsie Baakman

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Disha Hinduja

Hillcrest School

Teacher of the Year: Lindsay Sheffrin

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Cindy Jimenez

MacAfee Road School

Teacher of the Year: Wilma Rosikiewicz

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Caroline Powell

Pine Grove Manor School

Teacher of the Year: Jillian Noble

Educational Services Professional of the Year: Mayra Rivera

Editor's Note: All photos courtesy of Franklin Township Public Schools

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