WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The 2018 Governor's Educators of the Year and 2018 Governor's Education Service Professionals of the Year were recognized at the May 21 Board of Education meeting.
Educators of the Year are CO first teacher JoAnn Woessner, BG fourth teacher Erin Wilson and Memorial music teacher Eric Schaefer.
The service professionals of the year are library aide Sharon Riggi from CO, special education/student support services social worker Kristy Knapp from BG and school nurse Teresa Carbonelli from Memorial.
Charles Olbon Principal Giovanna Irizarry said honoree Mrs. Woessner goes "above and beyond for her students, seeking resources inside and outside the school for them as needed," as well as for the staff, planning the monthly staff breakfast.
Mrs. Riggi, Irizarry said, is her "partner in crime in the morning - that warm smiling face the students see at the start of their day." She is a calming presence, Irizarry said, who makes sure all the students start their day off right.
Beatrice Gilmore Principal Sharon Tomback said that Mrs. Wilson is passionate and persistent and goes above and beyond for everyone. "She looks for ways to help students collectively and individually," she said.
Ms. Knapp has a unique position, Tomback said, as she really gets to know students from pre-k to 8th grade. "She's an advocate for what the child needs academically and socially," Tomback said. "She never hesitates to help any student."
Memorial School Principal Charles Silverstein said that Mr. Schaefer is a "wonderful man and role model in every sense of the word. I've never seen this man eat," he said jokingly on how busy he is. "His help with the kids is invaluable."
For 17 years, Mrs. Carbonelli has taken care of the students' health, Silverstein said. She's always there for everyone, he said, and goes above and beyond taking care of the kids.
District Superintendent Dr. Michele Pillari said that the honorees were celebrated at a recent county-wide event.
"This honor is special as they are chosen by their peers," she said. "They are selected by the other professionals they work with every day."