Howell staff members chosen as N.J. Exemplary Educators

HOWELL – A total of 13 educators in the Howell K-8 School District have been selected as New Jersey Exemplary Educators for 2020.

The goal of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Exemplary Educator recognition program is to identify outstanding educators for special recognition, alternating between elementary (Pre-K to 5) and secondary (6-12) every year.

For 2020, the department was seeking elementary educators (grades Pre-K to 5). A state certificate of recognition will be presented to each candidate that is selected as an Exemplary Educator, according to the department’s website.

Exemplary Educators exhibit strong knowledge and skills, an inspiring presence and a positive impact on students, colleagues and the school community. The nominee mustΒ  have a rating of Effective or Highly Effective on his or her most recent evaluation, according to the website.

Of the 93 educators chosen from across New Jersey in 2020, 13 Howell educators have been selected for the honor.

“These 13 educators serve as a shining example of the many great colleagues and staff members who work throughout the school district. We are extremely proud of this recognition and of these educators’ commitment to their students,” Superintendent of Schools Joseph Isola said.

The educators honored from Howell are Christina Saracino, second grade teacher, Adelphia School; Stella Cohen, instructional coach, Ardena School; Larissa Sack, instrumental music teacher, Ardena School; Tina Yorke, computer teacher, Ardena School;

And, Michele Mack, computer teacher, Greenville School; Erin Lowman, instructional coach, Griebling School; Amber Williams-Allen, extended day preschool disabled educator, Land O’Pines School; Angela O’Cone, special education teacher, Memorial Elementary School;

Also, Skye Donzelli, computer teacher, Memorial Elementary School; Shannon Carusi, special education teacher, Ramtown School; Kimberly Highley, fifth grade teacher, Ramtown School; Patricia Lawlor, physical education teacher, Ramtown School; and Jennifer Cory, special education teacher, Taunton School.