NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education recognized Jonathan Keaney, Byron Tracey and Sandra Andersen as Impact Teachers for their leading role in the district’s new teacher training program. Jay Richter, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision, presented the honors at the Thursday, Sep. 26 meeting.

On behalf of Superintendent David Miceli, who was absent, Richter read a statement honoring the long-time New Providence teachers. “This evening we celebrate and recognize three outstanding educators for their passion, creativity and commitment to improving instruction to our new teacher training program. Jonathan Keaney, Byron Tracey and Sandra Andersen have inspired, motivated and exposed hundreds of new teachers to our expectations over the past 20 years, and therefore have impacted the educational experience of thousands of New Providence students,” he stated.

“We want to take a moment to express our appreciation and gratitude for the impact they have made in our school district,” Richter said. He noted that new teacher training programs are not often heard of. However, New Providence is very fortunate to have Keaney, Tracey and Andersen. He praised them for working tirelessly each year “to enhance, update and reframe the experience so that our new teachers can be inspired and see first hand what good teaching looks like in New Providence.” The experience for the incoming educators is not just the exposure to the curriculum, technology, assessment and instruction, but each day of the training is filled with rich, relevant and engaging experiences.

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Richter explained that after each training program Dr. Miceli meets with every new teacher and that their feedback regarding the program is always full of compliments and positive comments. He also touted the quality and level of professionalism of the program that ensues each year. The genuine engagement of the three teachers brings value to this experience. If the new teachers come out of this program inspired, confident and prepared it can only benefit our students, he stated.

Scott Hough, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, explained that Superintendent Miceli had created a new way to recognize exceptional staff members last year. Last year the district celebrated three teachers. This year the district kicked off the Impact Teacher awards by recognizing “a trio of excellent educators.”

Keaney is the Department Head of STEM, Tracey is the Department Head of World Languages and Social Studies and Andersen is the Department Head of Technology and Information Services.