Outstanding English/L.A. Educator Awards

Educator of the Year 2017:  Susan Chenelle

NJCTE is proud to announce that Susan Chenelle is Educator of the Year for 2017.


Susan holds a BA in English from Kenyon College and an MA in Urban Education from New Jersey City University. She has taught English and journalism at University Academy Charter High School in Jersey City with great success and dedication for eight years and has this year become its Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction. Mary Clair Sonneman, one of her colleagues, describes her as "the teacher who other teachers go to for ideas and help" and her classroom as "a magnet for students seeking respite from their busy schedules, seeking an ear to tell their stories to, or seeking an inviting place to cram for the next big test."


Susan was nominated for this award by her former professor Audrey Fisch, Coordinator of Secondary English Education at New Jersey City University. Together they have authored upwards of six publications and presented at state and national conferences across the country. Dr. Fisch has praised Susan as a "wonderful writer, scholar, and thinker," as a teacher who would be a "powerful recipient of this award." We at NJCTE agree.

How to Nominate an Outstanding Teacher

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 identical each year!

NJCTE Educator Award Application
Click here for the proper edition. Disregard any date discrepancies.
Microsoft Word Document 18.1 KB

Previous Educator of the Year Award Recipients

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

Early Teacher Awards

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.

M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Award
Nomination Form
Microsoft Word Document 37.3 KB
Marcia Holtzman Preservice Teacher Award
Nomination Form
Microsoft Word Document 18.4 KB

Previous Weiss and Holtzman Award Recipients

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, Kinnelon

Steven Criscuolo, Montclair State U, Manalapan

Michaela Ensminger, TCNJ, Marlton

Lauren Fitzsimmons, TCNJ, Bound Brook

Allison Greer, TCNJ, Edison

Kelly Kosch, TCNJ, Brick

Amanda Rhea, TCNJ, Cherry Hill

Ashley Robinson, CSE, Somerville


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.