TOTOWA, NJ - The Totowa Board of Education has announced that the New Jersey Department of Education has recognized two borough teachers in its 2017-2018 Governor’s Educator of the Year program.

The two teachers recognized for this accomplishment were Kim Hackbarth and Jenna Laudi. These teachers had to meet many requirements to receive this award and achievement. Among the requirements were: 

  • Be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated licensed classroom teacher (pre-K through grade 12 in a public or charter school) where teaching is the primary responsibility rather than administrative or supervisory responsibilities or educational services professional 
  • Must have achieved a 2016-17 summative rating of at least Effective; If the teacher or educational services professional has not received a 2016-17 summative rating at the time of application, then their practice rating should be at least Effective or the equivalent
  • Be a dedicated and skilled leader who anticipates actively continuing in his/her teaching career for at least five (5) more years
  • Be an expert in the field who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn
  • Actively collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a strong culture of respect and success 
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in educational activities at the school, district, and/or state and national level that take place both within or outside the school setting
  • Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues
  • Demonstrate poise, eloquence, and the ability to maintain a demanding schedule