ROXBURY, NJ - The Roxbury Township Board of Education this week acknowledged this year’s Roxbury High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian, the district’s seven educators of the year and its newest retirees.

Community members, parents, students, staff and families joined the board in their recognition of these individuals.

This year’s "Val and Sal" were sisters Karly and Kelsey Forker. Roxbury High School Principal Jeff Swanson introduced and spoke of these young women and their accomplishments.

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During Kelsey’s four years at RHS, she took 13 honors classes and six AP classes. She finished 11 semesters of high school ending with a 4.5898 GPA.

“This reflects the strength of her curricular choices as well as her outstanding academic performance in those courses," Swanson said. "Notably, she doubled up in science classes during the last two years of high school and in math this past year, which is quite a feat. She completed a four-year track for engineering and computer-aided design. She scored a 1470 out 1600 on her SATs and 33 out of 36 on her ACTs."

He also noted Kelsey’s numerous other activities in high school including being the recording secretary for the National Honor Society, a member of the Interact Club for all four years, a member of the Math and Science Leagues for all four years, a member of the Spanish Honor Society and a peer tutor who helped make a difference in students’ lives.

“This isn’t all," Swanson added. "Kelsey was also involved in athletics in all four years of high school, playing soccer and running track. Earning varsity letters in three seasons of sports and despite the disappointment of a torn ACL in August that forced her to miss her senior year of soccer, she never felt sorry for herself and worked diligently in rehab to make sure she could come back.”

Kelsey will continue on to North Eastern University in the fall to study chemical engineering.

To reach the status of valedictorian, Karly took 14 honors courses and six AP classes, 11.5 semesters worth of high school ending with a 4.666 GPA.

“Like her sister, she doubled up in science and math during her last two years and she never earned a grade below a 93 in high school," said Swanson. "She scored a 1440 out of 1600 on her SATs. Karly is this year’s president of the National Honor Society. She served as the recording secretary for her class for all four years of high school. She too is a peer leader. Her involvement in service organizations include four years in the Interact Club, three years in the Varsity R Club, she was inducted into the Spanish Honor Society and has participated in the Science and Math Leagues at different points in her high school career.”

The principal said that, while those accomplishments are alone remarkable, “Karly is also an all-county and an all-conference soccer player and an all-county indoor and outdoor Ttack athlete and a state champion in indoor track. And maybe after the Meet of Champions this weekend we can see whether or not she is a state champion in outdoor track as well. Truly, she’s the epitome of a scholar-athlete and she was recognized as such by the Morris County Athletic Directors Association.”

Karly will be attending Bucknell University to study Biochemistry in the fall.

Swanson wrapped up stating, “Something you may not know about Karly and Kelsey is that they have another sister Kaitlyn who is also in the top ten of their class 2018. That’s right, triplets, all in the top ten. Nice work mom and dad!”

Educators of the Year

Following the Val/Sal presentation was that of the Educators of the Year.

The Educators of the Year this year cover the scope of education, from general education to special education.

Each building administrator introduced and praised their school’s educator of the year sharing antidotes from their personal experience, from a student or staff member, or from a parent of a child in the school.

The 2017/2018 Educators of the Year for the Roxbury School District are:

School

Staff Member

Assignment

2017/2018 Teachers of the Year

Roxbury High School

Shannon Foster

Resource Center Teacher

Eisenhower Middle School

Jason Tannenholz

Resource Center Teacher

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

Tiffany North

Grade 5 Teacher

Franklin School

Jennifer Maurer

Kindergarten Teacher

Jefferson School

Kelly Lamont

Kindergarten Teacher

Kennedy School

Christine Luettchau

Grade 3 Teacher

Nixon School

David Siegel

Grade 4 Teacher

The Board also recognized 23 professional and support staff members who have retired throughout the 2017/2018 school year. Collectively, they contributed 525 years to the education and support of the students in Roxbury and 634 years in education overall.

Assistant Superintendent Chuck Seipp and Superintendent Loretta Radulic shared special sentiments regarding two longtime administrators of the district who will be retiring June 30. They were Science Supervisor for Grades 6-12 Jane Feret and Swanson.

The 2017/2018 retiring certificated personnel includes administrators, teachers, and counselors. They are:

Name

Position/School

Date of Retirement

No. Years in District

Total Years of Service

Lisa Behrle

Speech Therapist

Franklin School

06/30/18

5 Years

24 Years

Karl Corino

Grade 5 Teacher

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

06/30/18

40 Years

40 Years

Christopher Deery

Director of Special Projects

District-Wide

11/1/17

12.5 Years

23.5 Years

Roxanne Dome

Social Studies Teacher

Roxbury High School

06/30/17

31 Years

31 Years

Janice Eberding

Grade 3 Teacher

Jefferson Elementary School

06/30/18

23 Years

23 Years

Jane Feret

Math Gr 6-12 Supervisor

District-Wide

06/30/18

26 Years

40 Years

Laura Hyde

Science Teacher

Roxbury High School

10/31/17

26.5 Years

30.5 Years

Lynne Kranik

Science Teacher

Roxbury High School

06/30/17

19 Years

26 Years

John “Jack” Kummerer

Science Teacher

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

10/31/17

16.5 Years

20.5 Years

Pamela Mandracchia

FCS Teacher

Roxbury High School

06/30/18

18 Years

33 Years

Mary Muller

Special Education Teacher

Roxbury High School

06/30/18

34 Years

37 Years

Michael Parker

Physical Education Teacher

Jefferson/Franklin School

06/30/18

32 Years

38 Years

Patricia Sikorski

Social Studies 6-12 Supervisor

District-Wide

08/31/17

25 Years

29 Years

Diana Stierli

Vocal Music Teacher

Lincoln/Roosevelt School

06/30/18

36 Years

36 Years

Jeffrey Swanson

Principal

Roxbury High School

06/30/18

15 Years

41 Years

 

The 2017/2018 retiring support personnel includes secretaries, maintenance, paraprofessionals, and bus drivers. They are:

 

Name

 

Position/School

Date of Retirement

No. Years in District

Total Years of Service

Elaine Ciccarella

Principal’s Secretary

Kennedy Elementary School

06/30/18

34 Years

34 Years

Donna Parks

Bus Driver

District-Wide

06/30/18

16.5 Years

16.5 Years

Kathleen Schimmel

Principal’s Secretary

Roxbury High School

09/30/17

25 Years

25 Years

Richard Smith

Security Guard (12-mo)

Roxbury High School

04/30/18

14 Years

14 Years

Anne Strangeway

Transportation Aide

District-Wide

11/30/17

12 Years

12 Years

Patricia Summers

Head Guidance Secretary

Roxbury High School

06/30/18

27.5 Years

27.5 Years

Susan Totino

Special Education Aide

District-Wide

10/30/17

15 Years

15 Years

Lucille Zawistowski

Guidance Secretary

Eisenhower Middle School

05/31/18

21 Years

21 Years