NJCTE is proud to announce that this year's Educator of the Year is William E. Hutnik. He holds a BA in English from James Madison University and an MA in English from the College of New Jersey.
Mr. Hutnik's professional experience is wide-ranging. He has studied and taught both in Tokuyama, Japan, and in Thorpe, England; much closer to home, he has prepared adult students pursuing their GED in Trenton. But it is his work at the Pennington School for over twenty years that has won him the respect of so many students and colleagues. His department chair, John Bouton, described him as a "most creative teacher," a teacher known for "designing collaborative lessons that inspire students to prize authentic self-expression and close reading of literature." A former student, one who admitted to being at first uninterested in his class, elaborated on how "he went on a mission to change that." She praised him as a "deeply thoughtful teacher who will do anything to help his students succeed."
Mr. Hutnik has been a member of ETS evaluating teams, promoted from Reader to Table Leader to Question Leader over a three-year tenure; in addition, he has led and participated in a large number of workshops at high school and colleges throughout the state and published in the IATE Journal. NJCTE is happy to recognize him as a model of professional excellence.
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.
Awards are given at the annual Spring Conference.
2017: Susan Chenelle, University Acad. Charter HS, Jersey City
2016: Heather D. Rocco, School District of the Chathams
2015: Stephen Chiger, North Star Academy, Newark
2014: Sarah Mulhern Gross, Technology HS, Lincroft
2013: Jennifer Ansbach, MA, Manchester Township HS
2012: Dr. Laura Nicosia, PhD, Montclair State University
2011: Dr. Liz deBeer, Point Pleasant Beach HS
2008: Dr. Patricia Schall, College of Saint Elizabeth
2007: Edie Weinthal, Pascack Valley
2006: Julie Cheville, Rutgers U
2005: Joseph Pizzo, Black River MS, Chester
2004: Susan Canter, Campbell ES/Edgar MS, Metuchen
2003: Eileen Dachnowicz, Cranford HS
2002: Marcia Holtzman, Metuchen Public Schools
2001: Nancy Gorrell, Morristown HS
2000: Bettye Spinner, Moorestown HS
1999: Lynn F. Carhart, Monmouth Regional HS, Tinton Falls
1997: Donna Clovis, Princeton Elementary
1996: Maria Schantz, Montclair State U
1995: Herman Estrin, NJ Institute of Technology
1994: Alfred Weiss, Eastside HS, Paterson
1993: Muriel Becker, Montclair State U
1987: Adele Stern, Paramus HS
1981: Janet Emig, Rutgers U
The NJCTE recognizes early career teachers with two awards:
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.
2016 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award recipient:
Ellen Papazian. College of Saint Elizabeth.West Morris Central HS. Chester.
2016 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
Darcy Lucia. Rowan University. Woodlynne Elementary (Grades 6-8), Woodlynne.
Delight Penaverde-McKitrick. College of Saint Elizabeth, Holtzman Award. Whippany Park HS.
2015 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award recipients:
Steven Criscuolo. iPrep Academy, Elizabeth.
Christopher Rodriguez. Bloomfield HS.
Ann Marie Manso. Weehawken HS.
2015 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
Sandra Croft. Montclair State U.
Puneet Anand. Montclair State U.
2014 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award recipient:
Kristen Angelo. Union Catholic HS.
2014 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
Rachel Berger. Montclair State U.
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 U
2012 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award recipients:
Aimee Ambrose, Special Education Kindergarten Aide, Bloomfield
Elizabeth Dunn, Hightstown H.S.
Kathleen Tobin, Union Catholic H.S., Scotch Plains, NJ
2012 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
Megan Bolger, Montclair State U, Little Falls
Giuliana Cocilovo, Montclair State U, Caldwell
Daniela Maria Conte, TCNJ,
Steven Criscuolo, Montclair State U, Manalapan
Michaela Ensminger, TCNJ,
Lauren Fitzsimmons, TCNJ, Bound
Allison Greer, TCNJ,
Kelly Kosch, TCNJ,
Amanda Rhea, TCNJ, Cherry Hill
Ashley Robinson, CSE,
2011 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award recipients:
Vanessa Rasmussen, Vineland HS.
Lisa Anne MacDonald, Rev. George A. Brown Memorial H.S., Sparta
Henry Baldwin, Bergenfield HS.
Kristine Mintel, Union Catholic HS., Scotch Plains
2011 Marcia Holzman Pre-service Teacher Award recipients:
Jessica DeNizio, Black River M.S., Chester; College of St. Elizabeth
Janine Sullivan, Governor Livingston HS., Berkeley Heights, College of St. Elizabeth.