NJCTE proudly recognizes Jennifer Ansbach as its Outstanding Language Arts Educator of the Year. Jennifer has been teaching English full-time since 1998, her last seven years at Manchester Township High School. Very active professionally, she has participated in many seminars sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and has published in four journals, including an article "Long Term Effects of Bullying: Promoting Empathy with Nonfiction" for the July, 2012 English Journal. She has presented for NCTE both in Las Vegas and Chicago and at our own conferences at Montclair State. The New York Times Learning Blog recently featured her post on how novel writing can change students' lives, a unit one of her students described as the best month he "had ever experienced in any English class." A colleague called her a "faculty facilitator...consistently in the forefront of achievement," one who does "whatever it takes to reach success in the classroom." We at NJCTE salute Jennifer Ansbach: a credit to her students, her district, and our profession.
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 each spring for the previous year.
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
|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.
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