I am beyond thrilled to learn teachers K-12 in New Jersey will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 15.

As a father of three, professor, and husband of a veteran elementary school teacher, I know first-hand how important it is to have teachers and students back in the classroom. Aside from the academics, teachers serve a critical role in the development of our children.

Teachers nurture our future leaders, build warm and creative environments, and can help identify children needing additional services. Teachers are among the leading role models our community has to offer. I personally can't wait to return to the classroom as I miss the in-person interaction with students, faculty, and staff.