The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) on Sept. 12 announced the selection of New Jersey’s 21 County Teachers of the Year for the 2017-18 school year, who are recognized for their contributions to their classrooms and local school communities.

NJSBA Executive Director Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod praised the honored educators.

“New Jersey is home to so many gifted and hard-working teachers, and NJSBA congratulates those who have been chosen as the county teachers of the year,” he said. “They serve as an inspiring example to all of us in education.”

One of the County Teachers of the Year will be selected as New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year, and will be honored by NJSBA at Workshop 2017 in October.

“I am thrilled to be able to honor our amazing County Teachers of the Year for 2017-18, and express my appreciation for the work they do for their students,” said New Jersey Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington. “New Jersey has many great teachers, and this award is a tribute to the talent, professionalism, and dedication of these 21 educators to inspire the children they teach.”

Recognized for their contributions to their classrooms and local school communities, the County Teachers of the Year will be given the opportunity to serve as ambassadors of education to officials at the county and state levels. In addition to being able to network with educators throughout the state and county, the teachers will share resources and materials directly from the NJDOE with local districts. The teachers will also be invited to serve on state committees and task forces to share their own experiences and points of view at the state level.

County Teachers of the Year are first selected as Teachers of the Year at the school level, through the Governor’s Educator of the Year program. They then compete for county recognition and are selected by panels representing a cross-section of administrators, teachers, parents, and county education association representatives convened by the department’s executive county superintendents.

A state-level panel of educators will select the State Teacher of the Year based on a written application, video submission, and interviews with the top finalists. Announced at the State Board of Education’s October meeting, the State Teacher of the Year will go on to represent New Jersey at the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The NJDOE encourages every school district to take advantage of the Governor’s Educator of the Year program as one way to recognize the hard work and dedication of their outstanding teachers. Additional information can be found on the Governor’s Educator of the Year webpage.


2017-18 County Teachers of the Year

CountyFirst NameLast NameGrade LevelSubject AreaSchoolSchool District
AtlanticKellyMontgomery6thMathematicsEmma C. Attales Middle SchoolAbsecon School District
BergenHenryBaldwin10th-12thEnglish & Social StudiesBergenfield High SchoolBergenfield School District
BurlingtonSherrieWilkins5thElementaryAlexander Denbo Elementary SchoolPemberton Township School District
CamdenMimma-MarieCammarata9th-12thItalianSterling High SchoolSterling School District
Cape MayAmyAndersen10th-12thAmerican Sign LanguageOcean City High SchoolOcean City School District
CumberlandPaulLonergan9th-12thSpecial EducationVineland High SchoolVineland School District
EssexMaryWalmsley10th-12thScienceLivingston High SchoolLivingston School District
GloucesterDomenickRenzi1st-5thBasic Skills MathematicsWedgwood Elementary SchoolWashington Township School District
HudsonKathleenTerhune4thElementarySalvatore R. Calabro Elementary SchoolHoboken School District
HunterdonVincentAngeline9th-12thMusicNorth Hunterdon High SchoolNorth Hunterdon Voorhees Regional High School District
MercerSharinRello4th-6thMusicLawrence Intermediate SchoolLawrence Township School District
MiddlesexKristyDeFazio4thElementaryJames J. Flynn Elementary SchoolPerth Amboy School District
MonmouthKristinaPhelanKindergarten-2ndReadingMahala F. Atchison Elementary SchoolTinton Falls School District
MorrisDianePhares9th-12thArtMount Olive High SchoolMount Olive Township School District
OceanChristineNewbury9th-12thScience & Special EducationManchester Township High SchoolManchester Township School District
PassaicNicolePetrosillo9th-12thEnglish Language ArtsWest Milford High SchoolWest Milford Township High School District
SalemAlisonSchulzeKindergartenElementaryWilliam Roper Early Childhood Learning CenterWoodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District
SomersetMichaelSkomba11th-12thSocial StudiesSomerville High SchoolSomerville School District
SussexTeresaMuzzo5th & 8thSpecial EducationHalsted Middle SchoolNewton School District
UnionVictoriaSasso6thEnglish Language ArtsCarl H. Kumpf Middle SchoolClark School District
WarrenDianeKasharian7th-12thSpecial EducationGreat Meadows Middle SchoolWarren County Special Services School District