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Star Teachers: June, 2012

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine
Pablo Echeverria (pictured)
Math teacher and Haddonfield resident Echeverria received the 2012 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award from Camden County College for his excellence in instruction and recommendations based on his concern and sensitivity toward students. The award is given to one teacher each year that is known for having a lasting influence on his or her students. Echeverria’s colleagues say he “inspires great teaching” while pushing students to work harder and learn more.

Stefanie Kirk
At Shawnee High School, Kirk’s engineering students finished major work on a miniature golf course project that reinforced concepts they’d studied all year, from signage and recycling to electronics and advanced 3-D modeling.

Thomas Camp
Camp, the chair of the Social Studies Department at Holy Cross High School, was honored this month with the Pope John Paul II Award for Excellence in Teaching and Best Practices, an award given to only one teacher a year. Camp has been a faculty member with the school since 1968. Outside of the classroom, he has also been recognized for his excellent photography and frequently displays his work in the area.

Joanne Sanferraro
Mount Laurel
Sanferraro was inducted into the Lenape Hall of Fame in late May after a long career within the district. Sangerrarro began her mathematics teaching career at Lenape High School in 1964 and spent 40 years with the school. She was named Teacher of the Year for both the school and district in 1998, and facilitated introducing AP math courses and graphing calculators to the district.

Dale Biebel
Washington Township
Technology education teacher Biebel was commended by the New Jersey Technology and Engineering Educators Association as one of five “Innovative Technology Education” award winners across the state. This year, he tasked his students to create a detailed DVD package for a movie in which they would star, introducing lessons on writing and design.

Jack Kirkwood
Washington Township
The history teacher was accepted to the prestigious New Jersey Council for the Humanities Summer Teacher Institute at Richard Stockton College, where he will attend a seminar on Civil War history. The institute is a way for the state’s educators to continue their professional and educational development through an intensive week-long program that includes curriculum planning, writing seminars, lectures and more. Kirkwood has been with the district for 23 years.

Nate Knauss
Cherokee High School’s Knauss, who teaches electronics courses, was awarded the 2012 NJTEEA Image Award for his advocacy in and outside the classroom on the benefits of technological literacy in students. The award honors educators who spread technology education beyond the classroom.

Jonathon Flowers, Rachel Lieberman, Jim Mark
Cherry Hill
The Cherry Hill High School West Music Department, led by Flowers, Lieberman and Mark, took home numerous awards at the Music in the Parks Festival in Williamsburg, Va. earlier this month. The department aced the competition, bringing home first place for High School Women’s Choir and Men’s Chorus, as well as top awards for Best Choir, Best Overall High School Choir, and several soloist, vocalist and ensemble awards, as well.

Cynthia Tedesco
Mount Laurel
Hartford School music teacher Cynthia Tedesco guided four sixth-grade students at Hartford Elementary School to be accepted to the All South Jersey Elementary Choral Festival. She was recognized this month by Mount Laurel School District for her accomplishments with the music program, as well as her guidance of several students who participated in the selective ChildrenSong of New Jersey Broadway Songfest Workshop.

John Shea
Shea, a special education teacher from Voorhees Middle School, educated first-graders about nutrition, healthy eating and harvesting fruits and vegetables during a presentation at Signal Hill Elementary School. Shea’s lesson was part of Science Day at the school, which brought volunteer professional scientists and teachers from around the area into the classroom to discuss various aspects of science with kids.

Rose Anne Noll
Cherry Hill
Noll, a fifth-grade Bret Harte Elementary teacher, launched a program this year to unite Cherry Hill parents with their children to enrich literacy together. Noll’s program invites parents to join in book groups with the students; parents visit the class once a week to meet with their small groups and discuss topics from the books with students using an educational method discussed in class.

Greg Harr and Kristen Conrad
This month, the Paper Mill Playhouse presented the "Theater For Everyone" Inclusion and Access Award and $1,000 cash to Moorestown High School’s theater program to recognize “excellence in the promotion and practice of creative inclusion of students and adults with disabilities” during the spring production of The Wedding Singer, directed by Harr and Conrad.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 4 (June, 2012).
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