HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights School District named four educators, one for each school, as Teacher of the Year 2019. The winners will be honored at a luncheon with other teachers from throughout the county in May.
At Lincoln Elementary School, second grade teacher Alyssa Rogers was named Teacher of the Year. She has been at Lincoln her whole career, which began teaching the PSD (pre-school disabled) class in February 2005 when a second class was opened at Lincoln. She moved to second grade a few years later.
"I didn’t expect to hear my name when Mr. Colangelo (school principal) was announcing the Teacher of the Year," said Rogers. "There are so many wonderful teachers in this school and in the district. It really is an honor to be recognized for this award."
Euclid Elementary School's Teacher of the Year is Betty Chiu, media specialist. Among her duties, aside from helping students find the perfect book, she, along with Cindy Capozzi, media specialist at Lincoln School, plan and execute a full week of activities to encourage the love of reading and books during the annual Read Across America Week in late February.
The Hasbrouck Heights Middle School Teacher of the Year is math teacher Angela O'Brien, who has been a teacher in the district for 30 years.
"I was so honored to hear my name announced," said O'Brien.
"Mrs. O'Brien is super passionate and committed to teaching Mathematics," said Joseph Mastropietro, middle school principal. "She has the unique ability to not only establish high standards and a culture of learning inside of her classroom but more impressively, she is able to get her students to have fun and genuinely enjoy learning Math & Algebra... and that is not always an easy task!"
At the High School, school nurse Mary Neumann was named Teacher (or Educator) of the Year. This past January was her tenth anniversary in the position. What is is favorite part of her job?
"Building relationships with the students and staff," said Neumann. "I love watching the students grow from sixth graders at 10 years old into 17/18 year old young adults. This job really allows me to get to understand who each student is."
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