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Christie Administration Announces County Teachers of the Year for 2013-14

For Immediate Release Contact: Mike Yaple
Rich Vespucci
Date: August 28, 2013 609-292-1126

Trenton, NJ – The Christie Administration today announced New Jersey's County Teachers of the Year and the State Facility Teacher the Year for 2013-14.

"Each of us can recall special teachers who, through their knowledge and inspiration, helped us achieve greater heights as students and even played a role in shaping our future," said Education Commissioner Chris Cerf. "These teachers are such an inspiration to their students, and to all of us here in New Jersey."

The county teachers of the year were chosen by a countywide panel of administrators, teachers, parents and county education association representatives convened by the executive county superintendents of schools.

A state-level panel of educators will select New Jersey's State Teacher of the Year from among the 2013-14 County Teachers of the Year based on a written application, video submission, and interviews of the top five finalists. The announcement is made at the October meeting of the State Board of Education. The winner will represent New Jersey at the National Teacher of the Year competition.

"As a former teacher and lifelong educator, I've seen firsthand how teachers like these can serve as ambassadors for the profession and showcase the contributions that exceptional educators make toward improving the quality of life in New Jersey," said Commissioner Cerf.

New Jersey's 2013-14 County Teachers of the Year and State Facility Teacher of the Year are below:

County Teacher Subject/Grade District School
Atlantic Theresa Dougherty Elementary – Grade 3 Galloway Township School District Roland Rogers Elementary School
Bergen Brennan Heffernan History – Grade 11 Northern Highlands Regional High School District Northern Highlands Regional High School
Burlington Richard Bozarth Business – Grades 9-12 Lenape Regional High School District Shawnee High School
Camden Patrice Steller English – Grades 7-9 Oaklyn School District Oaklyn Public School
Cumberland Daisy Mercado Elementary – Grade 2 Vineland School District Gloria M. Sabater Elementary School
Essex Lucy Lee World Languages - Grades
Livingston School District Livingston High School
Gloucester Kathleen Assini Social Studies – Grades 8 and 10-12 Delsea Regional High School District Delsea Regional Middle School
Hudson Meg Freeman English – Grades 9-12 Jersey City Public Schools Snyder High School
Hunterdon Lindsay Warren Social Studies – Grades
Hunterdon Central Regional Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Mercer Michael Friedman Technology Education – Grades 6 and 8 Hamilton Township School District Grice Middle School
Middlesex Sandy Vorensky Mathematics – Grades 5-6 Metuchen School District Edgar Middle School
Monmouth David Pinkus Physics – Grades 10-11 Monmouth County Vocational School District Biotechnology High School
Morris Lisa Adams English – Grades 9-12 Morris County Vocational School District Morris County School of Technology
Ocean Maureen Neuner Business Education – Grades 8-9 Pinelands Regional School District Pinelands Regional Junior High School
Passaic Karen Johnson German and English – Grades 7-12 West Milford Township School District West Milford High School
Salem Donald Stech, Jr. Social Studies – Grade 8 Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District Woodstown Middle School
Somerset Karen Gorzynski Music – Grades 9-12 Somerville School District Somerville High School
State Facility Ana Piccininno World Languages – Grades 8-12 Juvenile Justice Commission Office of Education
Sussex Katherine Gomez Special Education – Grade 2 Sussex-Wantage Regional School District Clifton E. Lawrence School
Union Michael Seaman English – Grade 8 Cranford School District Orange Avenue School School
Warren Jessica Rader Special Education – Grades 7-8 Warren Hills Regional School District Warren Hills Regional Middle School

Note: No representative from Cape May County for 2013-14