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 was 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 Music Teacher Benjamin Krupit as Dayton’s submission for the Governor's Educator of the Year.

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“I want to thank the administration for this honor, and for the years of support for the music programs here in Springfield,” Krupit said. “I wholeheartedly believe in the power of music as an education in leadership and teamwork.” 

Krupit has taught in the Springfield School District for the past six years. He earned his Masters of Music from Messiah College and a Bachelors of Music from The College of New Jersey. In addition to directing the bands at Jonathan Dayton and Florence M Gaudineer Middle School, Krupit is also an active performer and arranger for a variety of pop and rock groups in the New York area.

“For my students, band is an opportunity to express themselves creatively during the school day, and a way to build lifelong professional skills and relationships,” Krupit added.

Through Krupit’s efforts, JDHS is now a chartered member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.  This membership provides JDHS students with access to higher-level musical performances, as well as a variety of opportunities in musical leadership.

“We are grateful for Mr. Krupit’s expertise and enthusiasm,” Principal Norman Francis said. “He makes great connections with our students, and works to ensure that they have opportunities to share there with the Dayton community."

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.