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Star Teachers: March, 2013

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Scott Goldthorp (pictured)
Cherry Hill
New York City’s Museum of Mathematics awarded Goldthorp, a math and science teacher at Rosa International School, with the $25,000 Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching for a lesson he designed to help the students better understand statistical analysis.

Paul Lange
Mount Laurel
Lenape High School named Lange, an Italian teacher, its Teacher of the Year. An innovator in the classroom, Lange has a passion for education and strives to see his students succeed. He is also the Italian Club advisor and is responsible for establishing Lenape’s chapter of the Italian Honor Society.

Mary Howard
Washington Township
Washington Township High School science teacher Howard has been named a 2012-13 National Science Teachers Association New Science Teacher Academy fellow. Now in her second year at the front of a classroom, as a fellow, Howard will receive mentoring through the NSTA, which will help her confidence and excellence in the classroom.

Nick DiBlasi
Recess Runners,” Principal Nick DiBlasi, along with parent volunteer Beth Cribben, encourages students to run, jog, walk, skip or gallop one mile during their lunch recess. For every mile the students complete, they earn a token to attach to their backpack so they can show off how many miles they have completed.

Joe Meloche
Cherry Hill
After a successful run as principal of Cherry Hill West High School, Meloche will be stepping down from his current position to take over as the district’s director of curriculum in July. Not only has he filled the role as principal for Cherry Hill West, but Meloche has been the principal of three other district schools, as well as director of curriculum in Maple Shade. Meloche has the school board’s full support for the career change.

Adam Roth
Through a partnership with the Fred Baxter Foundation, the Junior Achievement of New Jersey organization, and the Mind Your Own Business program, Business Education teacher Roth brought local entrepreneurs to Moorestown High School to speak with his Junior Achievement Program students, an effort he hoped would inspire them in their own business endeavors. Thanks to the success of the presentation, which taught the students how to spend wisely and about good decision-making skills, it will now become a yearly event.

Barbara Jo Lemaire and Susan Nichols
Lemaire and Nichols, K-3 challenge teachers, ran the Pull-out Challenge Mystery Symposium for the third-graders at South Valley Elementary School. With the assistance of the Moorestown Police Department, the students learned how fingerprints are used in investigations, how to identify and distinguish fingerprints from each other, and how to use Google Earth via iPad. The symposium was part of a program geared toward getting the students to further explore the world around them and creatively learn how to be problem solvers.

Osage School Counselor’s Club
The Osage School Counselor’s Club organized a spirit week to lend support to rare disease awareness, culminating with a celebration on Feb. 28, which is Rare Disease Awareness Day. An instructional assistant at the school has a son who suffers from a rare disease, iso dicentric chromosome 15q duplication syndrome, and the spirit week aimed to bring attention to this and other rare diseases.

Shannon Schoch and Melissa Beaton
Washington Township
In celebration of “Discover Languages - Discover the World” month, and in an effort to introduce languages to younger children, Schoch and Beaton, language teachers at Washington Township High School, brought their Spanish I students to the school’s child care room, where the high school students sang, danced and participated in other Spanish activities with the children.

Lucille Shenot and Kathy Swanik
Students and teachers of Baker Elementary School celebrated their fifth annual Science Day, which consisted of science presentations from volunteer parents, among other science-related activities. This honorable day dedicated to science was started by Shenot and Swanki, both ambitious teachers who saw plenty of growth in student-focused experiments.

Kelly Webster
Webster, the guidance counselor for Taunton Forge Elementary School, inspired a program for National Compliment Day where students wrote 500 “compliment” slips for their friends and teachers. As just one of the many creative ways the school is combating bullying, the initiative allowed the students to take a step back and think about the things they appreciate about those around them.

Joanne Miller
This Haddonfield Memorial High School teacher has been a longtime volunteer for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a unique head-shaving, money-raising fundraiser that contributes more grant money to cancer research than any other organization. She’s currently raising funds with her Haddonfield Dawgs team of students, teachers and other supporters for the March 15 event, which will be held at the school.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 1 (March, 2013).
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