DO YOU KNOW A TEACHER WHO ROCKS? NOMINATE THEM

Donna Palumbo
H&M Potter School
Nominated by Principal Andrea Cimino
H & M Potter School Home Page
Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Donna Palumbo a pre-school teacher at H&M Potter School in Bayville.

Donna knows that a young student’s first school experience must be positive. Her classroom is bright, welcoming, and the perfect place for students to learn through play and imagination. Each day she designs hands-on lessons that help the children grow and explore their environment.

The foundation that Mrs. Palumbo creates lasts well through elementary school and parents and following years teachers benefit from the positive experience she provides her students.

As we continue the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight the efforts of Donna Palumbo of H&M Potter School in Bayville.

 


Kelly Bourke
Grunin Performing Arts Academy
Nominated by Vice Principal Kyle Seiverd
 
Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Kelly Bourke of the Grunin Performing Arts Academy.

Grunin Academy is not your typical high school. Students there each have a major that focuses on performing art. Kelly is a dance teacher; her goal is to take students from diverse backgrounds and teach them to move fluidly and in sync. Kelly has the ability to know when the outside world impacts a student’s ability to perform. She reaches beyond the classroom to guide students through dance and learning.

What’s more, Mrs. Bourke has brought her students to volunteer on a project her dad started to honor teachers lost in the Newtown school shooting. Her students have helped paint several playgrounds that have been built in communities ravaged by Superstorm Sandy; the playgrounds are named for teachers who were struck down that day in Connecticut.

As we continue the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight the extra efforts of Kelly Bourke of the Grunin Performing Arts Academy. .

 


Bre Hartman
Red Bank Middle School
Nominated by Athletic Director Isaac Nathanson

Welcome - Red Bank Borough Public Schools Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Bre Hartman of Red Bank Middle School.

Bre Hartman, 6th grade math teacher. Not many of us would trade places with her but there’s no place she’d rather be than in that classroom helping math “click” for her students.

Above and beyond are what Bre is all about. She sets an example for students by volunteering at Red Bank EMS and she’s currently pursuing her dream of becoming a volunteer firefighter.

Beyond that, her inspiring work as a volunteer coach to not one but two recreation softball teams sets Mrs. Hartman out as a role model in the community.

Bre is constantly inspiring students to give their best on and off the field and in and out of the classroom. .As we continue the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight the efforts of Bre Hartman of Red Bank Middle School. For more information, click Teachers Who Rock at WRAT dot com.


Stephanie Faille
Forked River Elementary School
Nominated by Brenda Camaligan

Mill Pond Elementary School Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Stephanie Faille of Forked River Elementary School.

Mrs. Faille’s work as a music teacher emphasizes the fact that music supports the academic, emotional, and social growth of everyone. Here’s a fun fact: Stephanie developed a high school guitar program, and she is currently teaching all of her 4th and 5th graders how to play the ukulele.

This year Mrs. Faille taught her 90 chorus students how to sing holiday songs in languages beyond English, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in American Sign Language. The performance was a showstopper.

In addition to her work as a music teacher, Stephanie is the choral and band director and somehow she finds the time to serve on the district’s professional development committee.

As we continue the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight the extra efforts of Stephanie Faille of Forked River Elementary School.


Stephanie Danziger
Mill Pond School
Nominated by District Supervisor Mallory Krakovski
Mill Pond Elementary School
Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Stephanie Danziger of Mill Pond School in Lanoka Harbor.

Mrs. Danziger lives and breathes preschool. There is no one you will find that has as much passion for your littlest learners. She is the model teacher, who can make students’ first exposure to school positive and FUN! Whether it’s silly songs or silly dancing, she takes a fun approach to serious learning.

Stephanie recently transitioned into a position that took her out of the daily classroom. As a “Preschool Instructional Coach” she now shares her positive thinking towards learning with all her colleagues. As a result, all the students benefit.

In addition, Mrs. Danziger’s contributions to the Unified Champions and Special Olympics promote inclusivity for everyone.

As we continue the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight the efforts of Stephanie Danziger of Mill Pond School in Lanoka Harbor.


Jacqueline Clayton
Silver Bay Elementary School
Nominated by Allison McConnell Tracy
Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Jacqueline Clayton of Silver Bay Elementary School in Toms River.

Jackie Clayton’s students look forward to school. Incredible, but true. She uses a colorful and immersive classroom to wrap first-grade kids into learning.

A fun reward system creates a thriving learning environment which leads some students to earn special activities. They could be an assistant for the day, earn a dance party, or even bring in a furry friend to class. The system motivates students in a fun way.

A highlight of Mrs. Clayton’s teaching process is communicating with parents to be sure they know how their young student is progressing. She even welcomes parents and students alike into class for a holiday activity in class.

As we continue the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight the extra efforts of Jacqueline Clayton of Silver Bay Elementary School in Toms River.


Alicia Marino
Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School
Nominated by Vanessa Gomen

 Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Alicia Marino of the Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School in Seaside Heights.

So, one thing that’s really cool about Mrs. Marino is that she’s been a teacher for two decades at the very elementary school she went to as a kid. How amazing is that?! A true Jersey girl, Alicia may not “pump gas” as the saying goes but she is an amazing Special Education teacher right here on the Jersey Shore.

Alicia takes the time to get to know her students academically and socially. Being able to relate to her students on a personal level truly allows them to feel comfortable and confident. This enables Alicia’s students to accomplish great things.

For the past 27 years, Alicia has dedicated her life to her students.

As we kick off the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight Alicia Marino of the Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School.


Jacqueline Castellano
Brick Memorial High School
Nominated by Darren St. Jean

logo  Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Jacqueline Castellano of Brick Township Memorial High School.

Mrs. Castellano is the Brick Township High School Biology teacher and for her, biology is a subject that surrounds her and her students well beyond the classroom. Learning opportunities are everywhere.

Jacqueline’s workday does not begin and end with a bell. Her lessons inspire and prepare her students for future endeavors. She is a teacher that most colleagues would say inspires the uninspired.

Mrs. Castellano works as part of the AP Biology Program at the District S.T.E.M. Academy, she’s a National Honor Society Mentor, and teacher liaison for the School Parent Teacher Organization.

As we kick off the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight the extra efforts of Jacqueline Castellano of Brick Township Memorial High School.


Paul Harrigan
Manchester Township Elementary School
Nominated by Tierny Henderson

Return to Home Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Paul Harrigan of Manchester Township Elementary School.

Mr. Harrigan is honored today as a humble leader at his school. In class, Paul recognizes the unique strengths and weaknesses of each student and tailors his teaching to approach and accommodate diverse learning styles. This takes patience and will.

This year’s challenge places Mr. Harrigan in four different classrooms, in three different grades all of which use different programs. Keeping one group is a challenge for most, yet Paul makes this transition happen constantly.

Extracurricular activities are one of Paul’s strengths and he actively supports after-school activities for students and professional growth for himself and his colleagues.

Paul is a former Teacher of the Year and was nominated again but he declined so someone else could receive the honor.

As we kick off the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight Paul Harrigan of Manchester Township Elementary School.


Marc Troccola
Clara B. Worth Elementary School
Nominated by Principal Cara Burton

Image Taking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Marc Troccola of the Clara B Worth Elementary School in Bayville.

Mr. Troccola is a special education teacher, and he IS, in fact, special. Appreciated by colleagues, families, and students alike, Marc is the kind of teacher who creates a bond with students. The bond makes him able to not just instruct and teach, but help his students learn and grow.

Mr. Marc Troccola is a shining example of the hard work, dedication, and compassion needed to positively impact the lives of all of the students in school.

As we kick off the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight Marc Troccola’s contributions to Clara B Worth Elementary School.


Ali Brown
Southern Regional Middle School in Manahawkin
Nominated by Marjorie Browning

Southern Regional High School Security Guard Who Impacted Many Lives Dies Suddenly Saturday Morning | Stafford/LBI, NJ News TAPintoTaking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Ali Brown of Southern Regional Middle School in Manahawkin!

Now, as for Ali Brown, English Teacher: Let’s just call her Mrs. Creative. We’re blown away by her ““Literary Food Truck Festival”. The program culminates with students creating food trucks based on the novels they read during the school year. Everything about the food truck from name to menu to branding needs to relate directly back to the themes, characters, setting, and ideas from their novels. Then, as a special surprise, a real food truck provides a special treat lunch.

Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Brown is a nurturing, calming presence. Each holiday season she organizes holiday baskets for students in need. At the beginning of the year, Ali organizes a kind of welcoming crew for new students. The “Welcome Wagon” brings students and faculty to the “new kid” so they don’t feel so alone on day one in a new school building.

As we kick off the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight Ali Brown’s contributions to Southern Regional Middle School in Manahawkin.


Susan Pirchio
Frog Pond Elementary School
Nominated by Lori Mahan

Generation Dream - David's Dream & Believe Cancer FoundationTaking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Susan Pirchio of Frog Pond Elementary School in Little Egg Harbor!

Mrs. Pirchio was chosen because she is a leader and someone the whole school looks to for guidance and help when needed. Last year, Susan wholeheartedly took on the challenge of helping the school find a new math curriculum, and this year she puts hours and hours of her own time into learning it. Additionally, she is helping other teachers with the transition.

And Sue never hesitates…whether it’s mentoring a new teacher, tutoring a student after school, or simply helping other teachers design their lessons, Sue is right there and willing to take it on. Sue does not give up on struggling students. Instead, she calls them one one-on-one and works on finding new ways to teach the same skill until something clicks for them. Finding that “click” isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it and so necessary for every kid.

Mrs. Pirchio brings patience, kindness, and passion every day. As we kick off the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight her contributions to Frog Pond Elementary School in Little Egg Harbor.


Gayle Gruber
Brick Township High School
Nominated by Carol Shaw

Brick High SchoolTaking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Gayle Gruber of Brick Township High School!

Mrs. Gruber has multiple accolades already including multiple Middle Division Art Educators of New Jersey Teacher of the Year awards and the Moss Foundation for Children’s Education National Art Teacher.

Brick Township High School benefits from her creative and nurturing classroom. The freedom of creative expression is Gayle’s goal every day.

Over the 21 years, she has been an educator, Mrs. Gruber has served as a student mentor, helped students coordinate a towel and blanket drive, and volunteered her art skills for the Monmouth County Park System.

Even while doing all this for students, she’s busy bettering herself by obtaining her Ph.D. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Gratz College and writing a published children’s book all while battling breast cancer; which could very well be her greatest achievement.

As we kick off the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight Gayle Gruber’s contributions to Brick Township High School.


Victoria Guy
Berkeley Township Elementary School
Nominated by Principal Daniel Prima

BTES_Bulldogs (@BTES_Bulldogs) / XTaking a moment to shout out our Teacher Who Rocks, Victoria Guy of Berkeley Township Elementary School!

A Teacher of The Year in 2021, Mrs. Guy excels in building trusting relationships with her students. Her caring approach is appreciated by students and parents alike.

Beyond the complicated 6th grade classroom Victoria has assisted the PTA and administration with dozens of student and family-centered activities such as Battle of the Books, Uno Night, Bingo Night, Fun Fest, and Holiday Ornament Building just to name a few.

Not just that, she most recently has joined forces with the school’s autism program providing a way for her students to “give back” themselves.

She steps up to challenges and requests, and when another teacher needs some support; there is Mrs. Guy – being the glue that keeps our building together.

As we kick off the 2024 Class of Teachers Who Rock here at The Rat, we’re proud to highlight Victoria Guy’s contributions to Berkeley Township Elementary School.

DO YOU KNOW A TEACHER WHO ROCKS? NOMINATE THEM

 

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