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by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Jaclyn Pryzbylkowski
Pryzbylkowski started the Free to Be Club at Voorhees Middle School because she felt the school needed a club that gave students the opportunity to discuss bullying, self-esteem, and ways to make the school a more positive place. With 15 members, projects include organizing No Name Calling Week and the school’s Box of Wisdom, boxes set up throughout the school where a student can anonymously write a letter about an issue they are facing, and a club member will respond to them on the Box of Wisdom message board.

Brian Pistone
Shawnee High School named technology teacher Pistone as its Teacher of the Year. Pistone has taught TV technology at Shawnee for six years and is also involved with the TV Tech Club, Shawnee TV and the Theater Tech Group. Pistone has also been the head of Shawnee Wake Up and the Renegade Morning Show and is the computer instructional specialist for the staff of Shawnee.

Dr. Brenden Rickards
Gloucester County College professor Rickards was the recent recipient of the 2013 Linback Award for distinguished teaching, the school’s most renowned and highest award. Rickards has been teaching at the college for six years and recently became the school’s Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Randy Eisen, Karen Gladney, Robert Hammond, Richard Mason and Margaret Sell
Camden County College recently named Eisen, Gladney, Hammond, Mason and Sell as the recipients of the 2013-2014 Camden County College Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards. The five professors have exemplified the commitment to student education and dedication that the college looks for in their various fields of mathematics, addiction counseling, business and criminal justice.

Robert Schindler
Cherry Hill
Schindler, a Cherry Hill resident and Rutgers-Camden professor of marketing, was recently recognized with the Bright Idea Award, sponsored by the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall and the NJPRO Foundation, for having one of the top 10 manuscripts written in the state in 2012. His piece, “Perceived Helpfulness of Online Consumer Reviews: The Role of Message Content and Style,” is just the latest in his body of work. He was also honored at a Fordham University conference with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Pricing Research.

Vicky Gorman
Medford Memorial Middle School science teacher Gorman was honored at a recent board meeting for her accomplishments this school year, which involve three major national recognitions. Gorman was named a Distinguished K-12 Teacher from the American Meteorological Society, a climate steward of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and she will also be honored at the National Science Teachers Association’s conference in Boston in the spring. The attention revolves around Gorman’s Citizen Science Education Program, which encourages students to do work outside of the classroom to help the community better understand the earth and its related climate changes.

Terry Boyajian
Washington Township
Hurffville Elementary School teacher Boyajian organized an event to celebrate “America Recycles Day,” during which her Talented and Gifted (TAG) students visited second-grade classes in the school and demonstrated how to think green, recycle and participate in the national conversation on recycling. The TAG students also encouraged the second-graders to apply what they learned to their own lives and spread the word.

Jean Stock
Mount Laurel
The New Jersey Association of School Librarians chose Stock, the library media specialist at Larchmont Elementary School, to be a part of the 2014 class of Emerging Leaders. Sponsored by the American Library Association, the 2014 class of Emerging Leaders is a group of 56 selected librarians who work to provide new ideas, talent and energy to the library community across the country.

Christine Vaihinger
In a successful effort to educate students about community service, fifth-grade teacher Vaihinger, of Helen L. Beeler Elementary School, created the school’s Service Day, which is held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In remembrance of King’s humanitarian efforts, Vaihinger’s fifth-grade students prepared lunches for the Christian Caring Center in Browns Mills as a way to show their dedication to and responsibility for their community.

Frank Lodge
Cherry Hill
Lodge, a teacher at Cherry Hill High School East, shared in the victory of his Ethics Team’s first-place finish at the Philadelphia Area Regional Qualifier of the National High School Ethics Bowl. Lodge is an advisor for the team and works closely with the students involved. Lodge will oversee the team’s next competition in April at the National High School Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Luis Bayona, Mary Devine and Dana Pilla
The Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ) recognized Bayona and Devine, of Tatem Elementary School, and Pilla, of Haddonfield Middle School, with awards for best teaching practices in New Jersey. Bayona, Devine and Pilla, all of whom teach Spanish at their respective schools, won the award along with the honor of speaking at the FLENJ New Jersey All Stars Conference, which outlines effective teaching methods for world language educators.

Jake Greenberg
In an effort to help his students understand foreign affairs, Greenberg, a history teacher at Moorestown Friends School, recently held a mock debate that simulated the Syrian conflict. Each student was assigned a political group involved in the conflict and had three weeks to research not only the history of Syria, but also the dynamics of their respective political parties before presenting their arguments.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 12 (February, 2014).
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