WESTFIELD, NJ – The board of education recognized outstanding Westfield intermediate and high school teachers June 9.

Edison Intermediate School physical education and health teacher Christine Cabrales was given the 18th Annual Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher Award from the Optimist Club of Westfield.

“You all share a special place in my heart,” said Cabrales referring to her students. “This award is not just for me, it is for all of us.”

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The same award, which is given to one teacher from each of the two intermediate schools, was given to seventh grade Roosevelt Language Arts teach Erika Hodges.


“Listening to my students is definitely the single most important thing that makes me a better teacher each year,” said Hodges.

At the high school level four awards were given out. Social Studies teacher and an advisor for the school’s transition team Antony Farag, who was not at the meeting,  won the Robert & Linda Foose Memorial Award.

WHS science teacher Judith McLoughlin received the Above & Beyond Award for her voluntary work with at-risk students.

“From the subs to everyone in the building, there is always someone in the building that touches your heart,” said McLoughlin. “I will continue to do whatever I can you have my promise.”

Physics teacher Josh Garodnick was given the WHS-PTSO Teacher of the Year Award.

“Thank you to the board for honoring us tonight,” said Garodnick.

Art teacher Annora Happe-Conway received the WHS Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.