RANDOLPH, NJ- For the second time in five years, Randolph Schools are home to the Morris County Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Geraldine (Geri) Restivo was so-named last week while the school district was on Spring Break. Ms. Restivo joins Dr. Andrew Buchanan of RHS as the two most-recent Morris County Teachers of the Year. Dr. Buchanan was awarded the distinction in 2011.
This Fernbrook teacher's distinct honor was announced by Dr. Rosalie Lamonte, an Interim Executive County Superintendent representing the state Department of Education.
“We often talk about our commitment to teaching and learning and Geri is a testament to that work,” said Superintendent David Browne. “We are very proud of her commitment to the students at Fernbrook. She is an excellent steward of our school district and more than worthy of this award.”
Principal Lisa Gross agreed.
“We are proud of this well-deserved recognition,” Mrs. Gross said. “Others can now appreciate what we have known for a long time: that she is an outstanding educator.”
Restivo joined Randolph Township Schools in 2004. She was one of six district teachers of the year selected in 2013-2014 along with Mrs. Donna Marucci of Center Grove Elementary School; Mrs. Christine Brembs of Ironia; Mrs. Maura Boucher: Shongum; Mr. William Zagoren of Randolph Middle School; and Ms. Kelly Fogas of Randolph High School.
"We are proud to serve with so many fine and dedicated teachers,” Dr. Browne said last year. “These six particular educators create classroom environments that empower students to learn. These Teachers of the Year also have a firm grasp on establishing and maintaining the types of professional, respectful, and caring relationships with their students that enable academic achievement. They are very worthy of this designation.”
The recognition of Ms. Restivo as the 2014-2015 Morris County Teacher of the Year and Dr. Buchanan, an RHS social studies teacher who teaches the Holocaust elective, just three years ago is a testament to teachers district-wide, Dr. Browne said.
“To have two teachers over the last five years be named, in essence, the best in the county in their profession: that is quite an honor,” Dr. Browne said. “It is also symbolic of the success our community expects from our teachers.”
Restivo expressed, "I am extremely grateful to receive this award and I would like to share it with all the wonderful teachers I have worked with and students that I have taught. They have been an inspiration to me and are the ones who have helped me to become successful in my career as a teacher."