NEWTON, NJ—Teresa Muzzo, a teacher at Halsted Middle School, was named the Sussex County Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Department of Education earlier this month.

“We are truly excited that Teresa is being recognized in this way,” Superintendent Dr. Ken Greene said. “She is a talented, dedicated professional who brings her best to the classroom every day. Mrs. Muzzo is a true leader who exhibits outstanding teaching skills as well as care and advocacy on behalf of her students.”

Muzzo has been a teacher in the Newton district for the past 17 years. She is currently teaching in both the resource room and in-class support settings.

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“Teaching is an art and Mrs. Muzzo is truly a master artist, as she infects her students with her love of learning along with many other life and social skills,” said Halsted Principal Kristi Greene (no relation to Superintendent Greene).

Muzzo graduated from Kean University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree as a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is certified to teach special education, elementary education and the hearing impaired. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Reading from Centenary University.

“Teaching is my passion,” Muzzo shared. “I consider it an honor and a privilege to walk into my classroom each day and to connect with students. It’s a teacher’s relationship with her students that shifts the experience from simply implementing curriculum to impacting lives.”

Muzzo especially enjoys utilizing read-alouds and shared reading activities to assist the development of her students’ comprehension and vocabulary acquisition.  Her classroom is a community where she works with each student to create an environment filled with respect, security, and kindness.

According to the NJDOE’s press release regarding New Jersey’s Teachers of the Year, “County Teachers of the Year are first selected as Teachers of the Year at the school level through the Governor's Educator of the Year program. They then compete for county recognition and are selected by panels representing a cross-section of administrators, teachers, parents, and county education association representatives convened by the Department's Executive County Superintendents.”

Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington announced in the press release, “I am thrilled to be able to honor our amazing County Teachers of the Year for 2017-18, and express my appreciation for the work they do for their students. New Jersey has many great teachers, and this award is a tribute to the talent, professionalism, and dedication of these 21 educators to inspire the children they teach. I look forward to learning more from them in the months to come.