Education

Sparta's Governor's Educators of the Year Honored

c805c6f18bc37117108e_IMG_0921.JPG
Sparta's Governors Educators Award Recipients 2016 Credits: Jennifer Dericks
1ddf04b2b614ffc396fa_IMG_0872.JPG
Joe Leone and Kaitlyn Bird, Alpine Elementary School Teacher of the Year Credits: Jennifer Dericks
a002063c5154be0d0ec8_IMG_0875.JPG
Joe Leone and Christine Aloisio, Alpine Elementary School's Educational Service Professionals of the Year Credits: Jennifer Dericks
9311bfb4a685d392c0cc_IMG_0883.JPG
Laura Trent and Stephanie Delpome, Mohawk Avenue School's Teacher of the Year Credits: Jennifer Dericks
373bcbfe33d41ac93903_IMG_0890.JPG
Doug Layman and Judy Zoeller, Helen Morgan's Teacher of the Year Credits: Jennifer Dericks
8726e79c5b35b4ae0217_IMG_0893.JPG
Doug Layman with Margaret Trum Sparta Middle School's Teacher of the Year Credits: Jennifer Dericks
6d9984785d7da2223576_IMG_0901.JPG
Janet Ferraro and Lara Lovett, Sparta High School's Teacher of the Year Credits: Jennifer Dericks
5236b73ade5e4512c5ec_IMG_0906.JPG
Janet Ferraro and Sandy Chiappini, Sparta High School's Educational Services Professional of the Year Credits: Jennifer Dericks
c805c6f18bc37117108e_IMG_0921.JPG

SPARTA, NJ – Several of Sparta’s teachers were recognized for the excellence in the classroom and beyond on Monday night at the board of education meeting.  Each of the district’s schools’ principals announced their Governor’s Educator Award recipients to the board and the community.

Assistant Superintendent Dr Daniel Johnson began the presentation in Superintendent Dennis Tobin’s absence. Johnson said, “We are so proud of the educators that were honored at the January 25th BOE meeting.  These professionals exemplify the standard of education that is offered to the students throughout the Sparta Schools.  Their hard work, creativity, and selflessness truly defines all that we are looking for in our staff.”

After a few words Johnson introduced Joe Leone, Principal of the Alpine Elementary School. 

Sign Up for E-News

Leone acknowledged both Teacher of the Year Kaitlyn Bird and Educational Services Professional of the Year Christine Aloisio. 

“Miss Bird is an excellent teacher who goes above and beyond for her students,” said Leone. “She has embraced the strategies we have presented in professional development sessions and has quickly become a model teacher.   Earlier in the year she returned from Multi-Sensory Reading Strategies training beaming with excitement and eagerness to put what she learned into practice.   She teaches with this same level of excitement every day.”

Leone said of Aloisio, “Mrs. Aloisio has been an asset to the student, staff, and school community for many years.  Mrs. Aloisio deserves this recognition for all of her hard work and many hours that she spends taking care of our students.  I have a high level of confidence and comfort in the care that she provides for the Alpine Elementary School community.   She is confidential, professional, and always welcoming to nurse our most precious community members.”

Mohawk Avenue School is the educational home for the district’s third grade students.  Principal Laura Trent said, “Miss Stephane Delpome is deserving of this honor as she inspires her students and creates a sense of community and belonging in the classroom. She exhibits characteristics that we all want in a teacher: warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring.”

The fourth and fifth grade students attend Helen Morgan School where Doug Layman is the principal.  Layman spoke with emotion of fourth grade teacher Judy Zoeller. “Mrs. Zoeller is a Lead Learner within the Helen Morgan School community.  She models for her students and colleagues an enthusiasm for learning that encourages those working in and around her classroom to be thoughtful risk-takers and problem solvers.

 

Mrs. Zoeller's commitment to the students of Sparta serves as an inspiration to her students and colleagues. She is truly deserving of this award.”

 

Layman shared a story about Zoeller visiting national parks from Maine to Alaska after learning of an initiative to open the parks to students free of charge.  Even on vacation she was thinking of her students, using her experiences to demonstrate various concepts to the children.

 

The Sparta Middle School principal was unable to attend.  Layman who presented in his place began by explaining Gregory had injured his back, “It was Mike Gregory versus the shovel and the shovel won.”

 

Layman shared Gregory’s remarks about Margaret Trum, Ancient Civilization Teacher for the sixth grade sapphire team. “Upon entering Mrs. Trum’s classroom you cannot help but feel the excitement in each of her students.  Her classroom is based on both a sense of community and student inquiry.   She instills in her students common values that include respect, collaboration, and teamwork.”

Sparta High School also had two recipients, Governor Teacher of the Year Lara Lovett and Educational Services Professional of the Year Sandy Chiappini.  Principal Janet Ferraro spoke about both staff members.

Ferraro said, “Mrs. Lovett embodies the essence of excellence in teaching. She currently teaches college prep and AP Environmental Science at Sparta High School. Her devotion to her students can be seen in the manner in which she holds students accountable for higher level thinking, yet supports them in the process.  She is a leader within the department, school and state.  Her recent work within the state has provided her the opportunity to shine with the Raritan Valley Science Education Institute as a facilitator for state workshops.

“Mrs. Wilson her supervisor has stated ‘Mrs. Lovett is one hundred percent dedicated to both science education and the science of education.’”

Ferraro went on to discuss Chiappini, “Mrs. Chiappini goes above and beyond in her quest to get the most out of her marketing and Distributive Education Clubs of America or DECA students.  Her efforts as a teacher-leader within the school cross all disciplines.  Mrs. Chiappini has transformed the school store into a collegiate level working environment for our students.  She has welcomed students with a variety of skills and ability levels into both the programs she teachers and the award winning programs she runs.  She excitedly share her expertise in the fields of marketing and business management with her students and colleagues.   

 

“I am very proud and happy to have the opportunity to work with both of these fine teachers as we prepare the Sparta students for their futures.  They are both model teachers who are to be commended for their dedication to our profession.”

 

Johnson explained Tobin had been held over in Detroit and was unable to make it back in time for the meeting.  In an interview Tobin said, “The individuals recognized at our January 25th BOE meeting are fine examples of the outstanding staff we have in the Sparta School District.  On behalf of our entire school community I would like to thank them for their outstanding service and dedication to the students of Sparta and wish then continued success in the classroom.”

The selection process for these honors begin with a letter from the building principals soliciting nominations from the parents in the school community.  Once the nominations have been received, “a committee of four members that includes an administrators, teachers, parents and local education association members” or the School Improvement Panel scores the nominees and selects the highest scoring educator is chosen, according to the New Jersey Department of Education.  

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Drunk Brooklyn Man Asks Police to Shoot Him

May 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – A Brooklyn man was taken for observation when he asked police to shoot him after having crashed his car down an embankment on County Road 517 near the Sparta Middle School.  On May 17 around 2:06 a.m. Sparta Police Officers Brian Porter and Timothy Lynott found Joshua Lindland of Brooklyn asleep in the driver’s seat of a gray Audi against a tree, police ...

Sparta Police: Passengers Face Drug Charges in Traffic Stop

SPARTA, NJ – Two Wantage women face drug charges after the car they were in was stopped for a broken headlight on Route 15.  On May 5 around 2 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ben Griffin pulled over Alex Torres, 22, driving a white Honda Accord with two passengers, police say.

The officer saw a metal marijuana grinder behind the driver’s seat.  The car and ...

JCP&L Latest Information, Free Ice and Water

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – As of 8:47 p.m. JCP&L is reporting 12,745 customers or 22.11 percent, are without power in Sussex County.  In Sparta 2749 or 32 percent remain in the dark.

JCP&L said they anticipate the “vast majority of the remaining customers to be restored to service by late Thursday.”

JCP&L customers without power can get ice and water ...

Republican Party Values

May 21, 2018

Campaigns are interesting things.

Throughout the process, my opponents' supporters have labeled me a "political prostitute", "pimping" a message as a "spokesperson". I've been in a public meeting when referred to as a "lackey" who 
"belongs in a cage like the animal you are".

It's been said directly to me by a ...

Ethical Or Political Stunt

On May 9th Sussex County Freeholder Director Jonathon Rose announced formation of the Sussex County Transparency Committee. A committee established to monitor the ethics of County politicians.  

Alarming is what was left out of this announcement. Besides naming the dynamic duo Lazzaro and Graham, two other names show cause for curiosity. Jonathon never acknowledged, nor did he ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, May 23, 7:00 PM

Livingston Community Center (lower level), Livingston

NJ-11 Congressional Candidates Debate, hosted by ...

Carousel_image_fd1cdb2a28e320db4cdd_img_7405

Thu, May 24, 6:00 PM

Sparta High School Media Center, Sparta

Sparta High School Art Gala

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_6f4ecc7e007a7b295623_farmers_market

Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Carousel_image_eda4582229827b1fe4f5_img_7405

Sat, May 26, 11:00 AM

Sparta High School Media Center, Sparta

Sparta High School Art Gala

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, May 27, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Carousel_image_6f4ecc7e007a7b295623_farmers_market

Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Carousel_image_6f4ecc7e007a7b295623_farmers_market

Sat, June 9, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Sun, June 10, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River

Education

Carousel_image_6f4ecc7e007a7b295623_farmers_market

Sat, June 16, 9:00 AM

Sparta Health and Wellness parking lot, Sparta

Sparta Farmers Market

Thu, June 21, 2:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Summer Afternoon Garden Soiree

Home & Garden

Newton's Petition to Move Election Certified, Tabled to May 30 by Council

May 15, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—The petition to move elections from May to November was certified by the clerk and presented to the Newton Town Council at the meeting on Monday night.  The petition has been circulating since April and was a point of controversy in the recent council election campaigns.

According to the town attorney, the town clerk certified “369 valid signatures of qualified ...

10-Year Old Boy Battling Cancer Receives Generous Donation From Randolph Hockey Family

May 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real life battles off the ice there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the Randolph Varsity hockey team, when they came together to deliver good wishes and ...

Is Your First Home Within Your Grasp Now?

 

Bottom Line


According to the US Census Bureau, ‘millennials’ are defined as 18-36-year-olds.


According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time home buyers is 32.


More and more ‘old millennials’ (25-36) now realize homeownership is within their grasp now!

Are YOU ready for ...

Find Your Dream Home During Our DOUBLE Open House Weekend!

The forecast for this weekend is rain, rain, and more rain---so why not spend your time touring your new home?  Team Nest Builder offers 2 wonderful Open Houses this weekend, PLUS a new listing for you to check out via video tour!

27 Hilltop Trail, Sparta

Step into your own fairytale with this Lake Mohawk, storybook-sweet 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom gem! Gather in front of the rustic ...

Help Feed Hungry Sussex County Families Through Foodstock

Did you realize food pantry shortages INCREASE during the summer months? Decreased donations and increased need due to the summer break from school lunch and breakfast programs leave many Sussex County families hungry.  

Enter Foodstock:  an annual spring countywide food drive started 15 years ago through the coordinated efforts of Pass it Along, United Way of Northern New Jersey, ...

3 Tips for Making Your Home-Ownership Dream a Reality

 

Here's Highlights:


Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check = one of the best ways to save without thinking much about it.


Living within a budget right now helps you save money for down payments while also paying down other debts holding you back.  What are you willing to cut back on to make your dreams of homeownership ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 9 video

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - Video of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 9 meeting. 

 

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Making Matters: Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft

May 22, 2018

On display are exceptional examples of contemporary crafts by Peters Valley School of Craft’s resident artistic staff and visiting instructors.  The eclectic show features objects in metal, ceramics, fibers, fine metals, photography, woodworking, and mixed media, reflecting the array of courses offered at the school. Opening Reception June 2nd 5-7pm.