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Star Teachers: May, 2011

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine
Lisa Schrumpf, Danielle Prendergast, Lauren Pellecchia, Linda Martins and Maureen Mercogliano; Washington Township
Chestnut Ridge Middle School’s Team 7C Shining Stars (pictured) won the 2010-2011 New Jersey Middle Schools Association Team Excellence Award for an outstanding unit on Veterans Day. The teachers were the only ones in the state to be honored with this award. The unit coincided with Chestnut Ridge’s annual Veterans Day assembly. Each class was tied to learning more about Veterans Day. The students created images of soldiers while practicing graphing in math class, read stories about Vietnam and wrote thank you letters to veterans in English class, and, in social studies, they focused on learning about Vietnam and the branches of the military. On the day of the assembly, team members helped set up breakfast for veterans, district administration and Board of Education members.

Meghan Mastoris; Marlton
Math teacher Meghan Mastoris was named Cherokee High School South’s April employee of the month. Mastoris volunteers her time helping to coach the softball team and dedicates her after-school time tutoring students that need extra help.

Matt Cieslik; Cherry Hill
Rosa International Middle School teacher Matt Cieslik has been named a 2011-2012 Siemens Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Institute Fellow. Cieslik will travel to Silver Spring, Md., to attend a weeklong seminar featuring guest speakers, field trips and the opportunity to network with STEM peers nationwide.

Bill Marble; Cherry Hill
Bill Marble, principal at the Barclay Early Childhood Center, impressed his students by showing up on a unicycle as Marbles the Clown, a reward for his students, who raised more than $578 to buy books for the Center’s library.

Peyton Ebbeson; Mount Laurel
Lenape High School technology teacher Peyton Ebbeson was selected as employee of the month for April. He leads Lenape TV, which produces a daily morning show, and helps students videotape school events and activities.

Polly Murray; Haddonfield
J.F. Tatem Elementary School music teacher Polly Murray successfully applied for a grant from the New Jersey Music Educators’ Association for an LCD projector to use in her music classroom. Murray was recognized by the Haddonfield Board of Education and the superintendent for her initiative.

Theresa Lynch; Mount Laurel
Countryside Elementary School preschool teacher Theresa Lynch was honored with the “Jimmy” Medal Award, presented by SpeakUp! in association with AIDS Alive. A former student nominated Lynch for the award, which is given to those who have made a difference in someone’s life and who embody resilience, empathy, humility and loyalty.

Taryn Beauchemin; Washington Township
Bunker Hill Middle School teacher Taryn Beauchemin led students in creating a weather station. Each day, students update the weather forecast, monitor weather watches and warnings, communicate safety tips and research fun facts about the weather.

Christen Orbanus; Voorhees
Teen librarian Christen Orbanus of the M. Allan Vogelson Library was awarded the Public Relations Award for New Technology by the New Jersey Library Association. Orbanus was recognized for creating two video contests for teenagers to promote the library’s new teen lounge, successfully attracting more young people to the library.

Tracy Grayson; Medford
The Phillie Phanatic visited Tracy Grayson’s Cranberry Pines first-grade classroom as part of the “Be a Phanatic about Reading” literacy program, sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies. Nearly 100,000 children participate in the program, by reading a minimum of 15 minutes each day. Grayson’s class was a top performer, earning a visit from the mascot.

Barbara Jo Lemaire; Moorestown
Under the direction of South Valley Elementary School Gifted and Talented teacher Barbara Jo Lemaire, students developed entries into the Doodle 4 Google contest. The students worked overtime on their entries, even holding impromptu art parties during recess.

Laura Colnes; Marlton
Laura Colnes, a language arts teacher at DeMasi Middle School, got NBC 10’s Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz to join student-meteorologist Sean Kelly, a seventh-grader, in a special weather bulletin. The visit was part of Schwartz’ “House Calls,” a segment in which he surprises viewers.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 3 (May, 2011).
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