NJCTE is proud to announce the recipient of this year's Outstanding English Language Arts Educator Award: Heather D. Rocco.
Heather holds degrees in English and the teaching of writing from Hofstra University. She began her career at New Hyde Park High School in New York before coming to New Jersey to teach English and later serve as Supervisor of Language Arts in Westfield. She is currently K -12 English Language Arts Supervisor for the School District of the Chathams.
Heather's professional leadership is far-reaching. She is a consultant with The Educator Collaborative, Associate Chair for the Conference on English Leadership, and a frequent presenter at national conferences sponsored by NCTE and ASCD, formerly the Association of Supervision and Curriculum. In addition, she has published articles in English Leadership Quarterly and our own New Jersey English Journal.
Dr. Edie Weinthal, District English Supervisor at Pascack Valley, describes Heather as "upbeat, forward-thinking, professional, and focused on doing everything she can to make our profession and her own teaching district a wonderful place to be." Her colleague Rachel Ruffner concurs, appreciating Heather's "collaborative approach and desire to share and learn." Finally, Heather's superintendent, Dr. Michael LaSusa, attests to "her love for the work" and "her nobility of cause." Clearly, she is a model for all of us in teaching and a credit to our profession.
You can find Heather on Twitter @heatherrocco.
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.
2016: Heather D. Rocco, School District of the Chathams
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
|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.
2015 M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Award recipient:
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 recipient:
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