The Ewing Public Schools Announce 2019 Educators of the Year!
The Ewing Public Schools is proud to announce the district recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Teacher and Educational Professionals Recognition Program awards.
The Governor’s Teacher and Educational Professionals Recognition Program was developed in 1985 for the purpose of recognizing and honoring teachers and educational professionals who exhibit outstanding performance. The motivation for this program is based on the premise that teaching excellence is one of the most significant factors impacting student achievement and the quality of public schools.
Ewing High School’s Governor's Educator of the Year is Ms. Shalieka Jarrett.
Ms. Jarrett is currently a Dean of Students at Ewing High School, a new role she was assumed this past November after serving as a Guidance Counselor for 14 years at Ewing High School. In her role as a Guidance Counselor she was able to assist students in grades 9-12 achieve personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, and develop and set informed career goals as they journey to become productive and contributing members of a global community.
Ms. Jarrett possesses a BA in Psychology/Learning and Behavior Disorders from Hampton University, an M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland and an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University. While serving as a Guidance Counselor at EHS, she was a leader in the development of many district programs and initiatives. Ms. Jarett has New Jersey Educational certificates as a Teacher of the Handicapped, School Counselor, Director of School Counseling Services, Supervisor, and Principal.
Ms. Jarrett is the former Ewing High School Anti-Bullying Specialist and presently is the Back-up ABS, EHS Scholarship Coordinator, has served on the Senior Awards Night Committee, former PSAT/SAT Coordinator and developed and facilitated several School Counseling Department parent workshops.
Ms. Jarrett is also a former resource and collaborative teacher of students with learning disabilities.
“Ms. Jarrett is an outstanding student-centered educator who devotes so much of her life to her charges,” Principal Ed Chmiel stated. “She is a worthy and wonderful recipient of Ewing High School’s Teacher of the Year.”
Fisher Middle School’s Governor's Educator of the Year is Ms. Cheryl Bomba.
Ms. Bomba has been teaching individuals with autism and developmental disabilities for the past 33 years. Ms. Bomba received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Trenton State College.
Ms. Bomba has also been an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology at Rider University for the past 10 years, teaching courses relating to autism and developmental disabilities to both graduates and undergraduates. She is a member the Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies. This is the second time she has been selected as her school's Educator of the Year, the first time being in 2000.
Ms. Bomba is an outstanding educator who brings a vast experience base in working with special needs students. Ms. Bomba first connected with The Ewing Public Schools as a presenter providing in-service training to staff and parents. The following year, in 2008, she joined us as a teacher in the Autism Program, in which she has been tremendously successful at both Antheil Elementary School and Fisher Middle School.
“Ms. Bomba is a life-long learner who is constantly looking for ways to improve her teaching craft; she consistently supports our students both in school and in extra-curricular activities,” FMS Principal Maggy Hanna commented. “Fisher Middle School is proud to have someone with such experience and expertise working with our students.”
Antheil is very proud to announce their 2019 Governor Educator of the Year, Mrs. Amanda Gallagher!
Mrs. Gallagher has seven years of teaching experience, all at Antheil Elementary School currently teaching math, science and social studies. She is a graduate of the Ewing Public School District and still resides in the township. Mrs. Gallagher graduated from The College of New Jersey.
Mrs. Gallagher is a 5th grade teacher. She has worked in an inclusion setting and is able to use her training to provide support for all of her students. Mrs. Gallagher attends professional development learning opportunities to make sure she is aware of all the current methods in education. She was a member and leader of Antheil’s Positive Behavior team and she is also an active member of the ETEA.
Mrs. Gallagher is a wonderful resource for all teachers, both new to the profession and tenured, and does not hesitate to help out a fellow educator in need. She mentors new teachers and provides support as a team leader. Because of her excellent reputation and expertise in the area of math, Mrs. Gallagher’s fifth grade math class was selected as a model classroom for other educators from Fisher Middle School to observe.
Mrs. Gallagher is an active member of the Antheil Community inside and outside of the classroom. She is currently serving as a building representative for the Ewing Township Education Association, the Antheil Social Committee Chair, and was a recipient of a 2017 Ewing Public Education Foundation Grant for flexible seating in her classroom. She donates her time for PTO fundraisers, after school activities, and teacher mentor programs through Rider and TCNJ. Mrs. Gallagher loves to incorporate humor in her teaching and displays a bulletin board full of math jokes every year. She loves when students come back to visit years later with a new math joke to add.
“Mrs. Gallagher is an incredible educator that has touched the lives of not only her students, but of her fellow teachers and community members as well,” Antheil Principal Jennifer Whitner shared. “Each year, Mrs. Gallagher goes above and beyond her duties as a classroom teacher and the success of her students is proof of her commitment to educating our youth.”
Lore Elementary School's Governor's Educator of the Year is Ms. Tracy Radler.
Principal Kawalek announced Ms. Tracy Radler as Lore Elementary School’s Educator of the Year for 2019!
Ms. Radler was described by parents, staff and students as inspiring, gracious, dedicated beyond words.
Ms. Radler was hired by the district in 1993 and is going on her 26th year at Lore Elementary School as a Physical Education teacher. Ms. Radler started her educational career at Lore Elementary School and then went to Parkway, only to return to Lore. Ms. Radler graduated from The College of New Jersey with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and holds her certificate in Health and Physical Education. Ms. Radler continued her education journey at Thomas Edison State University and received her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership graduated Summa Cum Laude and holds her principal’s certification.
The Ewing Schools have implemented many programs that promote a positive school culture. The district has put in place a focus on the mental and emotional health of our students. Ms. Radler holds her Yoga Teacher Certification for Children and Families and her Mindfulness in Schools Teacher Certification which are used daily in her instruction to the students at Lore School. She also is a certified and licensed in Emergency Car and a First Responder.
“Ms. Radler goes above and beyond her job description. She engages students and makes them want to come to school,” Lore Principal Kelly Kawalek remarked. “She gets to know her students and talks to them about how the lessons they learn in school can help them to become better individuals and citizens outside of school. She is an excellent representative of Lore School as our Teacher of the Year.”
Parkway’s Governor's Educator of the Year is Mr. Robert Odri
Mr. Robert Odri is currently a 4th/5th Special Education teacher at Parkway Elementary School. Mr. Odri is completing his sixth year with Ewing Township Schools; all of which have been at Parkway Elementary School. Mr. Odri received his Bachelor of Arts of Elementary/Special Education from Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2013 with his certificate in Students with Disabilities and Elementary School Teacher K-6. Mr. Odri also has 12 years of corporate experience in marketing/client management.
Mr. Odri is a conscientious and collaborative team member and an excellent teacher of students. He regularly exchanges suggestions for program improvement and instructional changes and enhancements with his fourth grade team and his Special Education colleagues.
He is an active staff member and during his tenure has participated in a variety of school wide events such as Trunk or Treat, the 4th Grade Concert, the Pancake Breakfast and the Basket Auction/Pasta Dinner. In addition, Mr. Odri is an afterschool READ 180 instructor and will again this year coordinate Parkway school’s efforts with Autism Awareness and the POAC walk.
“Since I have been principal at Parkway School Rob has always been one of those teachers who reminds you that a student’s capabilities are not limited by their disability; only challenged. Being in his classroom is always a time for adventure in learning the academics and in student self-discovery. Rob’s level of dedication to student learning and development is one to be followed.” Principal Harris shared.
The Board and school district will honor the Educators of the Year at a ceremony in May. Afterwards, the educators will travel to ETS in Princeton for a recognition reception with their fellow county Educator of the Year honorees.