RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank Teachers Rock. 

And that’s what it felt like yesterday – a rock concert.

With some kickin’ Rock 'n Roll music on the speakers, well over a hundred teachers and friends filed into the Red Bank Middle School auditorium to recognize a number of their colleagues with thunderous shouts, whistles and applause.

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Proving again that Red Bank offers a quality education at all levels, two Middle and Primary School teachers were acknowledged yesterday by the NJDOE as Exemplary Elementary Educators.

This recognition is really outstanding given the fact that only five teachers received this distinction in all of Monmouth County.

The two teachers who received this award were; Primary School Kindergarten Teacher, Alyssa May.  Alyssa who joined the staff in September of 2010.  As a lifelong learner, she is pursuing her Doctorate in Education and recently completed her Supervisor certification.

Grade 4 Teacher at Middle School, Ms. Lara Wengiel.  Lara started at Red Bank Middle School in 2004.  Her classroom has served as a model for our partnership with the Count Basie Theater in the area of arts integration for many visitors.

But it gets better.  The Red Bank Middle school passed the Quality Single Accountability Continuum which is the evaluation school districts undergo every three years and were identified as “High Performing.”

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jared Rumage stated, “The structures we have put in place are clearly paying dividends for our students. I am extremely proud to be a part of a school district that has moved the needle so quickly regarding learning outcomes. It is a credit to our school leadership, our dedicated faculty and staff, and our talented students. And I do believe the best is yet to come.”

Teachers Honored in the Middle and Primary Schools for the 2018 – 2019 Year:

Jackie Rivera – Teacher of the Year, Red Bank Primary School

Chelsea Foster – Educational Support Professional of the Year, Red Bank Primary School

Christina Vlahos - Teacher of the Year, Red Bank Middle School

“Our students, everybody in this room, everybody who’s been a part of touching the lives of our students, makes us who we are today.  I’m so proud to be the Superintendent of the school district, so proud of this community, so proud to work with people such as you who are committed, dedicated, passionate and compassionate, which is makes this a privilege to be part of this organization,” said Rummage.

There’s a quote that says, “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.”

Red Bank certainly has such teachers.

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