Note: TAPInto New Brunswick has recently partnered with New Brunswick High School to publish the edited work of students as part of an ongoing journalism education project.

NEW BRUNSWICK - New Brunswick resident, Christine Patterson, has been named the 2017-2018 Governor’s Educator of the Year nominee from the city high school.

“It really is quite an honor,” said Patterson, who teaches English. “Every teacher in this high school puts in so much time and effort in and out of the classroom, and to be recognized by my peers and administrators has really boosted my esteem.”

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The distinction is awarded to “an exceptionally skilled and dedicated licensed classroom teacher.” 

The program highlights educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching, and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success.  Further, it seeks to attract public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system.

School staff nominates three teachers, with the administrative making a final decision. Patterson will now compete against teachers from across Middlesex County, who then, in turn, could be selected to represent the State of New Jersey in a nationwide competiton.

NBHS Principal, Kenneth Redler, describes Patterson as “being a caring professional who works beyond her job description.”

“She never stops helping students with essays, practicing public speaking and encouraging students to reach far beyond what they think they can do,” he added. “She is very calm, is a great listener, does what she says she will do and is committed to excellence.”

Last year's state "Teacher of the Year" was Amy T. Andersen, a high school American Sign Language (ASL) teacher at Ocean City High School in the Ocean City School District.

The selection process for the county "Teacher of the Year" will be done this spring, followed by an announcement of a state winner in late summer.

Fernando Castro is a student at New Brunswick High School