Livingston High School Educator Named Essex County Teacher of the Year.

Mary Walmsley, Essex County Teacher of the Year 2017 2018 Credits: Livingston Public Schools NJ

LIVINGSTON, NJ — When the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced its 21 County Teachers of the Year for the 2017-18 school year, Livingston High School (LHS) science teacher Mary Walmsley was recognized as Essex County Teacher of the Year for her valuable contributions to her school community.

The honor gives Walmsley the opportunity to serve as an ambassador of education at the county and state levels.

“As is evident in all she does, Mary is a passionate, dedicated and creative teacher who ignites interest among students in the realms of Forensic Science and AP Biology,” said LHS Principal Mark Stern.

Sign Up for E-News

Walmsley is currently teacher her students about the science behind solving crimes. Part physical science, part biology and part mathematics, the students are learning to discover the clues to solve the cases made for tabloid news.

Livingston Public Schools (LPS) recently discovered what it’s like to be a part of Walmsley’s forensics science class while observing students learning how decomposing rats can influence a crime scene investigation. Following her observations, Marilyn Joyce Lehren, manager of communications/community outreach for LPS, put together the following video of her class:

“I am thrilled to be able to honor our amazing County Teachers of the Year for 2017-18, and express my appreciation for the work they do for their students,” said Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington. “New Jersey has many great teachers, and this award is a tribute to the talent, professionalism, and dedication of these 21 educators to inspire the children they teach. I look forward to learning more from them in the months to come.”

In addition to affording opportunities for these 21 teachers to network with educators throughout the state and county, the NJDOE will also count on them to take valuable resources and materials directly to their district. As the Essex County recipient of this award, Walmsley will be invited to serve on state committees and task forces to share her own experiences and points of view at the state level.

According to NJDOE, Walmsley was first selected as Teacher of the Year at the school level through the Governor’s Educator of the Year program. She then competed for county recognition and was selected by panels representing a cross-section of administrators, teachers, parents and county education association representatives convened by the Department’s Executive County Superintendents.

According to LPS, it is a huge achievement for Livingston to have one of the 21 chosen teachers among its staff. Walmsley is also in the running to be New Jersey’s next Teacher of the Year.

According to NJDOE, a state-level panel of educators will select New Jersey's State Teacher of the Year based on a written application, video submission, and interviews with the top finalists. The State Teacher of the Year will be announced at the State Board of Education's October meeting, and he or she will go on to represent New Jersey at the National Teacher of the Year competition. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Local Children Invited to Register for Essex County Summer Camps

February 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Children of all ages are invited to participate in spring and summer camp opportunities at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Essex County Codey Arena and the Essex County Environmental Center.

The zoo has several weeklong camp adventures that will introduce children to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science. Campers and their parents/guardians are ...

How Do I Decide Which College to Attend?

Now that college acceptances are rolling in, how do I decide which to attend?

Your hard work in high school has paid off. You took your SAT/ACT exams, got the best grades you could, and filled out as many applications as you needed to. Acceptance letters are starting to come in and you need to make a decision on where you will go in the fall. It's hard to decide!! Here are some tips and ...

NJ Governor Signs Executive Order to Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Recognize Parkland Florida Victims

February 20, 2018

New Jersey Governor Phillip D. Murphy signed Executive Order No.1 on Monday ordering the flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff to recognize and mourn the passing of the victims in Parkland, FL.

The order is for all state offices, agencies and municipalities, including schools for Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Upcoming Events


Wed, February 21, 10:00 AM

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning, Livingston

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning Presents ...


Wed, February 21, 6:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Free CASA Essex Volunteer Information Session

Giving Back Law & Justice


Sat, February 24, 4:00 PM

Lobby - Office Building, Livingston

Gun Violence Prevention & Congressional Candidates


Livingston Public Library Prepares for NJ Makers Day

February 12, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Public Library will host its third annual Makers Day on Saturday, March 10. Last year, 350 people attended Livingston Library’s Makers Day and enjoyed a variety of interactive activities ranging from sewing and paper crafts to robotics and circuitry.

Makers Day is a statewide initiative designed to celebrate, promote and introduce ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  


The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

In the Driver's Seat

Honey, I am going to take the Roadster out for a quick spin around the sun. I’ll be back in a few million years.


That’s nice dear. While you are out, could you pick up a gallon of milk?


In what has to be the greatest road trip of all time and space, Elon Musk, the visionary inventor, engineer, and billionaire investor loaded his very own red Tesla ...