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Star Teachers: October, 2012

by Editorial Staff, Suburban Family magazine

Steven Bollar (pictured)
Mount Laurel
Bollar, Hartford School’s principal and a well-known motivational speaker, was invited to Delsea Regional High School to introduce the new bullying prevention program, Olweus. Bollar, also known as Stand Tall Steve, told the students about his experience of being bullied and how he was able to overcome it. The goal of Olweus is to educate the faculty, students and parents about prevention methods and improving communication.

Jeanne DelColle
Marlton’s Jeanne DelColle, a teacher at Burlington County Institute of Technology, was recently recognized by Wells Fargo for being named 2012 Teacher of the Year. Anyone going to a Wells Fargo ATM during the month of September could see a screen featuring DelColle and her achievements.

David Hespe
After being selected by the board of trustees for his extensive background in higher education, leadership and government, Hespe began his term as the new president of Burlington County College in September. Hespe, who previously served as the commissioner of education for the state of New Jersey, is the fourth president in the history of the college.

Peter Dorofy
Hands-on experience is this Burlington County Institute of Technology teacher’s main goal. Dorofy, teacher of physics, earth sciences and geospatial technology, was recently selected to partake in the “From Learning to Research” project. He wants to get his students out in the field while they study the effects of energy and climate change. Dorofy’s lessons include tracking weather systems as they occur and field assignments at the Hawkins Road Campus pond to collect samples.

John Russell
Burlington City
This social studies teacher at Burlington City High School has been named Teacher of the Year by New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Russell’s day-to-day teaching is always engaging and student-centered. He believes in active participation when it comes to learning history, literature, sociology and ethics.

LaCoyya Weathington
Cherry Hill
Weathington was recently appointed the district director of Pupil Services for the Cherry Hill School District. With this position, she oversees all areas of special education and student services and serves as the district’s anti-bullying coordinator. Weathington is also director of education for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission.

Karen Nowicki
Washington Township
Nowicki, a biology teacher from Washington Township High School, took part in the South Jersey Summer Institute for Educators. Nowicki, along with other teachers across South Jersey, heard from manufacturing companies, health care facilities, farms and other local businesses over this three-week span. The goal is to be able to educate their students about what they need to know to get a job and work in a real-world setting.

Greg Harr
History teacher and theater director Harr has made an amazing discovery for the town of Moorestown. Harr discovered it was Moorestown that helped inspire the 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, by Thornton Wilder, “Our Town.” The uncovering is due to Harr’s research of the play for the school’s fall production.

Teachers of Evesham elementary schools
The Evesham teachers, administrators and supervisors had a busy summer. Their main goal was to revamp the math curriculum for grades K-7. This fall, the school is featuring the new math program that will give students a deeper conceptual understanding of math.

Bill Lange, Eric Krastek, Jaime Fauver, Jennifer Gaffney, Gerry Boggs and Michelle Kaighn
Mount Laurel
This group of teachers organized a mock presidential debate at Lenape, where two students took the place of President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. The live debate was streamed into classrooms and students were encouraged to participate by sending in more than 400 questions—from foreign policy to college loans—as part of an exercise to encourage civic engagement and education on current events.

Mrs. Seymour, Mrs. Flanagan, Mrs. Gregory and Ms. Tily
These four teachers have introduced SMART Boards into their classrooms for the first time, using them to enhance student learning and getting students more involved in interactive learning. Before installing the devices, each teacher went through extensive training to learn all the tricks and best uses of the high-tech boards.

Stacey DeBernardo, Aleina Parmentier and Noreen Saggese
DeBernardo, strings director, Parmentier, chorus director, and Saggese, sixth-grade social studies teacher, recently organized the annual Heroes Remembrance Day celebration at Voorhees Middle School, an event started as a healing response to the events of Sept. 11. Each year, students nominate their hero and write an essay about this person, which is then displayed on the Wall of Heroes. The heroes are then invited to a banquet at the school.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 8 (October, 2012).
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