NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Distance learning presents challenges for teachers and parents.

New Brunswick School District Special Education teacher Sharon Rosario is both.

Rosario is a veteran teacher and has taught in New Brunswick for the past 23 years. Currently, she teaches third- and fourth-grade students with special needs.

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The coronavirus crisis has forced schools into remote learning and Rosario has used her creativity to make learning fun and productive for her students.

She was chosen on Sunday as Helmetta Hometown Hero, a daily recognition given by borough Mayor Chris Slavicek to a resident who has provided an important service to the community.

Rosario and her husband, Freddy, have lived in Helmetta for the past 16 years. Her two children, Gabe and Savanah, are learning at home along with other Spotswood School District students.

Rosario works hard to prepare lessons on Google Classroom, but also takes the time to connect virtually with each student in her class on a daily basis.

She ensures her lessons hit on important curriculum topics, but incorporates the challenges and hardships her students are facing during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Rosario makes it a point to hold virtual meetings with parents in order to keep the lines of communication open.

At home and on the job, Rosario is compassionate and dedicated to making a difference. Outside of school, Rosario loves going on walks around Helmetta and spending quality time with her family.