SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Springfield Public School District nominated one outstanding teacher from each of the five schools and a school nurse in the district to the Governor's Educator of the Year Program.

The New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program and the Governor's Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program were recently integrated into the Governor's Educator of the Year Program. 

Springfield Public School Superintendent Michael A. Davino and Jonathan Dayton High School Principal Norman Francis selected School Nurse Roxanne Graham as Dayton’s submission for the Governor's Educator of the Year.

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“Thank you for the recognition and being considered for nomination as the Governor’s Educator of the Year,” Roxanne Graham said. “I enjoy working with the students, many of whom I have known for many years.  It is nice to see how they have grown to be young adults in the high school setting.”

Graham began her school nursing career in Springfield at Walton Elementary School 19 years ago and has spent the last 6 years at Jonathan Dayton. In her off time she enjoys spending time at the Jersey Shore with her husband Don, biking, traveling, and spending time with her extended family. 

“Mrs. Graham tirelessly ensures the health and wellbeing of all the students at JDHS,” Principal Norman Francis stated. “In addition to her daily duties as a school nurse, she serves on school committees that focus on providing students with needed academic, social and emotional support.  We truly appreciate all shed does to make JDHS a great place for our students.” 


The Governor’s Educator of the Year program highlights educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching, and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success.  Further, it seeks to attract public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system.

The Jonathan Dayton High School is dedicated to developing a body of knowledge and high ethical standards that will enable students to thrive in a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society by offering a comprehensive, rigorous set of courses and activities while demonstrating the highest degree of mutual respect, commitment and professionalism.