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 Edward V. Walton Early Child Center Principal Adriana Coppola selected Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Schoch as Walton’s submission for the Governor's Educator of the Year.

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“I am honored to be named Teacher of the Year at Walton,” Lisa Schoch said. “This is where I have spent my teaching career while in Springfield."

Schoch has taught in the Springfield School District for the past 23 years. She is a graduate from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and is a die-hard Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees fan.

“When students leave my class, I want them to know to always try their best and be kind, Schoch added. “If they do those two things, they will succeed.”

“Mrs. Schoch’s positive energy is felt throughout the building,” Principal Adrianna Coppola said. “Her students are always smiling eager to learn their next lesson objective. We are proud of Mrs. Schoch’s well deserved award.”

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 Edward V. Walton Early Childhood Center is a pre-kindergarten to grade two school, in partnership with parents and the community, provides a child-centered program where students are encouraged to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically in a safe and nurturing environment.