NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Members of the Board of Education honored Brandee Conover as the “Impact Teacher of the Year,” at the Feb. 27 meeting.
The program was created to “recognize our staff members who go up and beyond and do something special for our community,” said Superintendent David Miceli.
Miceli said Conover "is a very committed staff member … She comes to all strategic planning sessions. She is always engaged in this community … When you walk into her media center, there is always a ton of students there being nurtured by Mrs. Conover.”
Conover, who is the Media Specialist at Allen W. Roberts Elementary School, was nominated by Gina Hanson, the school’s principal, for the impact of a special evening program “Parent Tools for Student Success” which was held at the school.
The program gave parents various ways to support their children academically and socially “for daily success in school,” Hanson said. She then went on to describe the process Conover went through to make her idea a reality. After the administration approved the program, she asked staff and community members to help identify the needs of the students and parents, did more research on her own, then chose some specific presentations that would help the parents meet their children’s needs. She then recruited other teachers and a parent to help with the program which was presented in October
“The parents were able to choose two out of the nine topics covered that evening which included Sora (Overdrive), Reading Resources (K-2 & 3-6), Power School, Go Math, Google Classroom, Mindfulness, Online Databases, Keyboarding, and Coding. The evening had a positive impact on the approximately 100 parents who attended that night and in turn their children that benefited as a result,” said Hanson in presenting the award to Conover.
Conover thanked everyone, including the “supportive administration … my collaborative staff, without my staff this wouldn’t have happened.” She also thanked “the engaged parents, from the PTA and parents who just attended” the evening’s presentations. Most importantly, the students, “Thank you for sharing all your kids with us every day. They are amazing.”