SPARTA, NJ – It is official - there is a Teacher Who Rocks at Sparta High School.  English teacher Dorothy Talty, known as Dee, was selected by Sussex County radio station WDHA for the honor.  Presented by the New Jersey Education Association, Talty will receive the honor at a dinner in the spring. 

“Dee Talty is deserving of this honor because she cares about kids – not just as students in an academic class but as people.  She advocates for them, supports them and pushes them to challenge themselves,” English Supervisor Mary Hassenplug said.  “Her students are fortunate to have her in their corner.  I’m thrilled that she is being recognized for all that she brings to the classroom.”

“I was pleasantly surprised when I heard I was nominated and selected,” Talty said.  “I love what I do.  This is a wonderful profession and I am proud to be a part of it.”

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 "We are all very proud of Mrs. Talty's work with students both in and out of the classroom," Principal Janet Ferraro said.  "She models being a humanitarian with a giving spirit, and always put kids first."  

The nomination said:

“Ms. Talty is the epitome of a dedicated educator. She is constantly looking for new ways to engage her students in lessons. She forms incredibly genuine relationships with her students and always works to make sure every student in her classes has academic and/or personal victories to celebrate through the school year.

“Ms. Talty works with a range of students, especially in her inclusion classes.  She makes sure to tier her instructions to the needs to the levels in her class.  Many of her former students come back to visit her and some even still send Christmas gifts or cards years later because she has made such an impact on their life.

“On top of supporting their academic needs, Ms. Talta teaches her students about character and giving back to those who need it.  She has organized fundraisers for district students and families in need and helped students band together to make hats for kids with cancer.”

Presented by the New Jersey Education Association, Talty will receive the honor at a dinner in the spring. 


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