BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Tuesday, March 24,  Bob Segear, Governor Livingston’s Student Assistance Counselor, was named the school’s Educator of the Year. In the time of remote learning, Segear learned of the accolade in a nontraditional way.

In a surprise Zoom conference call, which Segear thought was just a meeting with principal Robert Nixon and assistant principals Tara Oliveira and Jaqueline Bartlett, Dr. Melissa Varley, the superintendent of the Berkeley Heights Public Schools, announced the honor at the beginning of the call. Segear’s co-workers and members of the TREND Executive Board were also present on the call to congratulate Segear on his accomplishment. 

Bartlett was excited to be a part of the surprise and proud of the Segear’s hard work to make the school environment a better place. She said, “Through the programs he brings to our school and the clubs he advises, he has a positive impact on so many of our students and the overall school culture.”

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In order to be considered for Educator of the Year, one must be nominated by parents, students, and/or colleagues. A committee then reviews the candidates and decides if they are worthy of the award. One Educator of the Year is announced for each school in the district. 

Superintendent Dr. Varley also knew that Segear was certainly more than worthy to be Educator of the Year. She was very proud of all Segear had done for students and that he goes above and beyond for the school. She said, “He gives his whole heart to GL.” 

Junior Victoria Mauri, one of the TREND Executive Board members who was on the call, has worked closely with Segear through TREND since her sophomore year and was glad to see him recognized for all of his hard work. “He has been able to connect with the entire student body and leave an impact on their lives, which is so important.” 

Segear works with so many faculty members that are proud of his accomplishments toward the GL community. Mrs. Michelle Morin, one of Segear’s co-workers in the guidance department, is especially proud of his achievements despite his not working in a traditional classroom environment. 

“He is always positive, supportive, encouraging, and happy. I am honored to work with him and grateful to call him a friend. His accomplishment is well deserved,” Morin said.

Segear was shocked at the news he received on the call and was proud to share the announcement with those close to him. He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the call and found the amount of people who congratulated him to be heartwarming. Segear is extremely proud of his accomplishment and is so thankful for the support he has received. 

“Throughout my life I have worked very hard to make a difference in the lives of the young. Being selected is a tremendous highlight of my educational career.”