NJCTE proudly recognizes Stephen Chiger as its Outstanding Language Arts Educator of the Year.
Stephen, Director of 5-12 Literacy at North Star Academy in Newark, holds a BA in English (summa cum laude) from Lafayette College, an MA in Journalism from Northwestern, where he was voted top media student, and an MA in Educational Leadership from Columbia. At North Star he has managed the ELA program, spearheaded involvement with the Dodge Poetry Festival, and founded the journalism program and its nationally award-winning newspaper.
In addition, Stephen has served as President of the Garden State Scholastic Press Association and Co-director of the Hugh N. Boyd Journalism Diversity Workshop; he has been a contributing writer to The Huffington Post, The Academic Forum, and Education Week; and he has led professional development workshops to help teachers prepare students for the Common Core.
Stephen's colleagues describe him as a "relentless pursuer of excellence," relentless both in pushing himself to be "more adept at his craft" and in pushing his students to become the "able students he had envisioned all along." One teacher in particular writes: "Stephen deserves our thanks and recognition for his commitment to excellence for himself, his students, and his colleagues." We at NJCTE agree.
Nominations and self-nominations.
Each year the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE) recognizes an exceptional English/language arts educator -- a dedicated, innovative, dynamic educator whose activities have significantly and widely impacted New Jersey English language arts education. The selected educator becomes eligible as well for a coveted New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education.
Submit the name of a New Jersey pre-school to university teacher, supervisor, or administrator. Provide the opportunity for that special person to be added to the list of past recipients.
Completed applications must be submitted by November 30 of each year.
All nominations received remain viable for three (3) years.
Notification will occur no later than April 1 of each year.
Click below for an application form. Please excuse us if any forms on this site have the wrong year. Sometimes updating forms slips through the cracks, but the forms do not
change. They are applicable from year to year!
Awards are given at the annual Spring Conference.
2015: Stephen Chiger, North Star Academy, Newark
2014: Sarah Mulhern Gross, Technology High School, Lincroft
2013: Jennifer Ansbach, MA, Manchester Township High School
2012: Dr. Laura Nicosia, PhD, Montclair State University
2011: Dr. Liz deBeer, Point Pleasant Beach High School
2008: Dr. Patricia
Schall, College of Saint Elizabeth
|2007||Edie Weinthal, Pascack Valley Public Schools||1999||Lynn F. Carhart, Monmouth Regional HS, Tinton Falls|
|2006||Julie Cheville, Rutgers U||1997||Donna Clovis, Princeton Elementary|
|2005||Joseph Pizzo, Black River MS, Chester||1996||Maria Schantz, Montclair State U|
|2004||Susan Canter, Campbell ES/Edgar MS, Metuchen||1995||Herman Estrin, NJIT|
|2003||Eileen Dachnowicz, Cranford HS||1994||Alfred Weiss, Eastside HS, Paterson|
|2002||Marcia Holtzman, Metuchen Public Schools||1993||Muriel Becker, Montclair State U|
|2001||Nancy Gorrell, Morristown HS||1987||Adele Stern, Paramus HS|
|2000||Bettye Spinner, Moorestown HS||1981||Janet Emig, Rutgers U|
The NJCTE Executive Board has created two new
awards for early career teachers:
The M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award
The Marcia Holtzman Pre-Service Teacher Award
You may nominate an outstanding early career teacher and/or encourage an outstanding early career teacher to apply.
Applications are due by February of each year.
We look forward to receiving your nominations and applications!
For more information about these awards, click below. Please excuse any date discrepancies. Our forms apply to each year.
20145 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award
To be announced at our Spring Conference.
2015 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
To be announced at our Spring Conference. Please join us.
2014 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award
Kristen Angelo. Union Catholic High School.
2014 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
Rachel Berger. Montclair State University.
2013 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award recipients:
David Eisenberg. English Teacher/School Librarian.
Glen Meadow Middle School, Vernon Township.
Kathryn Fraser Whitely. English Teacher.
Saint Vincent Academy, Newark.
Graduate Student, College of Saint Elizabeth
2013 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
Christopher Crowley. Teacher's Aide. Madison Junior School, Graduate Student,College of Saint Elizabeth
Victoria Viola. The College of New Jersey
Guenevere Zucker. Montclair State University
2012 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award recipients:
Aimee Ambrose, Special Education Kindergarten Aide, Bloomfield
Elizabeth Dunn, English Teacher, Hightstown H.S.
Kathleen Tobin, Union Catholic H.S., Scotch Plains, NJ
2012 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
Megan Bolger, MSU, Little Falls, NJ
Giuliana Cocilovo, MSU, Caldwell, NJ
Daniela Maria Conte, TCNJ, Kinnelon, NJ
Steven Criscuolo, MSU, Manalapan, NJ
Michaela Ensminger, TCNJ, Marlton, NJ
Lauren Fitzsimmons, TCNJ, Bound Brook, NJ
Allison Greer, TCNJ, Edison, NJ
Kelly Kosch, TCNJ, Brick, NJ
Amanda Rhea, TCNJ, Cherry Hill, NJ
Ashley Robinson, CSE, Somerville, NJ
2011 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award recipients:
Vanessa Rasmussen, Vineland H.S., Vineland
Lisa Anne MacDonald, Rev. George A. Brown Memorial H.S., Sparta
Henry Baldwin, Bergenfield H.S., Bergenfield
Kristine Mintel, Union Catholic H.S., Scotch Plains
2011 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
Jessica DeNizio, Student Teacher, Black River M.S., Chester; College of St. Elizabeth
Janine Sullivan, Teacher Candidate/Practicum Student, Governor Livingston H.S.;
Berkeley Heights, College of St. Elizabeth