North Brunswick School Board Honors Exceptional Teachers and Staff, Emphasizes Positive School Culture

In a recent North Brunswick School Board meeting, a series of commendations were given to outstanding teachers and staff members for their dedication to fostering a positive educational environment and their exceptional contributions to student growth and well-being. The meeting also highlighted several initiatives aimed at improving student attendance, mental health, and sense of belonging.

Principal Mr. Dawson from Livingston Park introduced the cougar pride program, a positive behavior support system designed to help students excel in their academic and social development. The program is structured with three tiers of support: universal support for all students, targeted interventions for those needing extra help, and individualized strategies for students requiring the most assistance. An 8% improvement in attendance rates was attributed to the efforts of Mrs. Finegan and Mr. Brown, signaling an achievement in the school’s attendance initiative.

The meeting also celebrated the contributions of several educators and staff members. Mrs. Marin, a second-grade teacher, was praised for her enduring supportive relationships with students, while Mrs. Carter, a fourth-grade teacher, was recognized for her role in organizing the school’s National Night Celebration and her collaborative teaching approach. Mrs. Mory, the dean of students, was acknowledged for her thorough analysis of behavioral data and the development of customized plans to support students’ needs.

The importance of fostering kindness and positive interactions within the school community was emphasized through monthly themes and initiatives like family circles and peer mediation, led by Mrs. My. The physical education teachers, Mr. Gersan and Mr. Grow, were recognized for creating engaging activities that promote teamwork and sportsmanship. Additionally, teachers such as Mrs. Dilva, Miss Simus, and Miss Sham were highlighted for their influential work in literacy instruction and the dual language program.

The Board expressed gratitude to Mrs. Alvarez, a fourth-grade teacher known for her engaging math instruction, and Miss Mueller, for her adeptness in differentiated teaching. Mrs. Bora and Mrs. Picchio, academic support teachers, were commended for their contributions to students’ success in math and English language arts, respectively. Mrs. Cabrera’s dynamic approach to teaching preschoolers through art, music, and literacy was likened to the energy of a rock concert, and Mr. Johnson was celebrated for his passion for teaching math.

Mrs. Hart’s influential role in the Gifted and Talented program was also acknowledged, as were the efforts of the first-grade dual language team, Miss Torres and Miss Tobota, who excel in fostering bilingual literacy development. The meeting took a moment to recognize the critical support provided by substitute teachers, with special mention of Mrs. Barnhard and Mrs. Seaman for their adaptability and dedication.

The Board highlighted the significant impact of the literacy coach, Mrs. Barter, and the math and science coach, Mrs. Puli, whose expertise has been essential in enhancing the professional development of the teaching staff. The celebration concluded with a call for the nominated staff members to come forward and receive recognition from the students, a gesture that reinforced the community’s deep appreciation for their exceptional work.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Janet Ciarrocca
School Board Officials:
Hayley Toth, Elesia James, Zaire Ali, David Brockman, Jason Carter, Coleen Keefe, Richard Liguori, Dr. Paragi N. Patel, Steven Wen, Rosa Hock (Board Secretary)

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