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Star Teachers: February, 2013

by Editorial Staff, Suburban Family magazine

Rick Bozarth (pictured)
A typical day for Shawnee business teacher Bozarth doesn’t end at the final bell, as he also serves as the school’s student council advisor and plans the senior trip to Disney World every year. On top of that, he teaches accounting I, II and III to all grades. Because of his constant devotion to staff and students, Bozarth was named the Shawnee 2012-13 Teacher of the Year. He was issued a certificate among staff and friends at a recent Board of Education meeting.

Carole Butler
The Moorestown Township Board of Education appointed Carole Butler as the new district director of curriculum and instruction. Butler, who previously served as principal of William Allen Middle School, will focus her sights on technology integration in classrooms.

George Guy
Cherry Hill
Principal Guy, of A. Russell Knight Elementary School, received the 2013 Camden County Freedom Medal for his focus on in-school service projects, including his four-year long Cathedral Kitchen Benefit. Guy worked with his students to decorate more than 400 placemats in the last year to present to the organization and help instill the spirit of giving in his students.

Keith Giberson
Mount Laurel
Lenape High School named science teacher Keith Giberson Employee of the Month. The enthusiastic teacher, who also serves as the school’s track coach and manager of the weight room, has led by example and worked diligently with students to learn about safety and storage of chemical materials in classrooms, and is always available to pitch in and help his fellow staff.

Liz Campbell
Washington Township
Librarian and Media Specialist Campbell knew more needed to be done to help her Chestnut Ridge Middle School students learn the importance of good finance, so she contacted ABCO Federal Credit Union to secure financial education DVDs. Through her efforts, the Washington Township Public Schools received financial literacy kits from ABCO and their affiliate, BizKid$.

Jennifer Giannattasio
Mount Laurel
Giannattasio, an art teacher at Countryside Elementary, took her creative touch outside the classroom. She teamed up with the Camden Ronald McDonald House to create new themes for their patient rooms. The Candy Land room included hand-painted murals by Giannattasio, giving the rooms a more fun and inviting atmosphere for the children.

JoAnn Fox
Fox, a math teacher with Shawnee, reached out to Lockheed Martin to sponsor a program called “Women in Engineering.” Consisting of six sophomore girls, the club works to inspire students interested in the field of engineering and help them find their niche.

Diane Canzanese
Mount Laurel
Canzanese has had a long association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art through her attendance at the museum’s summer classes for teachers and wanted to share her experience with her students. As part of their Education in Action Program, students from her class at Larchmont created a gallery on the theme of “nature through the seasons,” which was on display at the museum last month.

Kimberly Klemmick
Holy Family University awarded their first-ever Alumni Educator of the Year award to Kimberly Klemmick. Klemmick has worked for more than 20 years with special needs students for early education, and has been honored with other awards, including the National Teacher of the Year from the National Association of Special Education Centers.

Ellen Hargrove and Karen Kiick
Haddon Township
In honor of their continued work with the visual arts, along with their dedication to their students, these two Strawbridge Elementary art teachers were awarded the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award at the Art Educators of New Jersey Convention. The teachers were also honored at a recent monthly Haddon Township Board of Education meeting.

Vicki Wilson and Karen Schmidt
Both of these teachers have been selected as Cherokee High School’s Teachers of the Year. Wilson, who teaches art I and art II and is the advisor for the school’s National Art Honor Society, was named Teacher of the Year for the South wing, whicle Schmidt, the music teacher who oversees the school’s orchestra, was named the Teacher of the Year for the North wing. Both teachers were acknowledged with certificates for their accomplishment.

Jane Ignarri, Kelsey McConville and Tiffany Youssef
This team of teachers from Haddonfield Memorial High School gathered a team of more than 60 volunteers to help out at their 21st Annual Charity Volleyball Marathon this month. The 12-hour overnight event, chaired by Ignarri, McConville and Youssef, took donations from students, teachers and guests to donate to charity, with past events benefiting causes like the Ronald McDonald House and Operation Smile Foundation. This event consistently raises more than $20,000 each year.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 12 (February, 2013).
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