GREEN BROOK, NJ –The School Improvement Panel (ScIP) at Irene E. Feldkirchner (IEF) Elementary School recently nominated and selected two members of its staff for the New Jersey State Department of Education’s (NJSDOE) Governor’s Educator of the Year Program.

For 2015-2016, Danielle Breunig has been named the ‘Governor’s Teacher of the Year’ and Pamela Ostrander has been named the ‘Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year.’

The state education department’s Governor’s Educator of the Year Program is a celebratory program that serves to recognize New Jersey’s best teachers and educational services professionals. Building principals are encouraged to recognize one effective or highly-effective teacher as Governor’s Teacher of the Year and one educational services professional as Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year; recipients of the Governor’s Teacher of the Year distinction can vie for the chance to compete for county, state and national recognition. Additionally, County Offices of Education should award all school-level recipients state award certificates.

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Breunig, a special education teacher serving in a first grade in-class resource classroom in a co-teaching model, has been a teacher in the Green Brook School District for eight years.

“Danielle Breunig works in cooperative harmony in an in-class resource classroom setting - a co-teaching format - with a general education teacher,” said IEF Principal Armand Lamberti. “She is an outstanding special education teacher [and] her knowledge of and ability to implement strategies to meet the learning styles of her students is unparalleled.”

Additionally, Breunig also serves on IEF School’s Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) team and a teacher/moderator of ‘The Club,’ a community service program for IEF students. “Danielle brings her vast storehouse of pedagogical wisdom to our school’s Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) Meetings where she serves as an adviser and keeper if Response to Intervention (RTI) data,” Lamberti said, adding, “Danielle Breunig is truly a deserving recipient of this year's Governors Teacher of the Year honor.”

Ostrander has served the Green Brook School District for 23 year and, in addition to being IEF’s nurse, also serves assists with ‘The CLUB,’ serves as yearbook advisor and works to promote health and wellness among IEF’s student body and staff.

“Pamela Ostrander keeps all staff up-to-date with pertinent student health information and makes certain that all staff are provided with the appropriate training necessary for the overall health and safety of the children we serve,” said Lamberti, adding, “Aside from her fine work as a school nurse, Ms. Ostrander serves [as needed] on the school's I&RS panel; works closely with the school's attendance officer; serves as IEF School's yearbook adviser; and assists in helping community service-based student groups at the school.” 

According to Lamberti, “Pamela Ostrander typifies excellence in school nursing/health services; she is a consummate professional with a wealth of experience in her field. [She] is truly a deserving recipient of this year's Governor's Educational Specialist of the Year honor.”

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