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Ewing Schools Release: Parkway Teacher Leigh Cline Named as Mercer County Educator of the Year! 

 Immediate Release

  August 9, 2022


Ewing Schools Release: Parkway Teacher Leigh Cline Named as Mercer County Educator of the Year! 


Parkway Elementary School teacher Mrs. Leigh Cline has been honored as the Mercer County Educator of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year!


Cline, a second grade teacher at Parkway, was awarded this prestigious honor by the New Jersey Department of Education after a highly competitive, rigorous process involving all the educators who were selected as Educators of the Year from their schools throughout all Mercer County school districts.


There will be a virtual celebration held to recognize all of the 2022-2023 County Educators of the Year for the state of New Jersey on Thursday, August 11, 2022, 10:00AM-11:30AM.  Ewing Schools Community members are invited to join in and watch the festivities. 


County Educators of the Year will be honored virtually via a pre-recorded awards ceremony produced with one of the program sponsors, NJSBA.   The event can be viewed on NJSBA’s Facebook page starting at 10:00AM.  


Starting her 19th year of teaching at the Parkway School, Educator of the Year Leigh Cline is the consummate “mover and shaker”. She is a teacher who is consistently ready and willing to learn new things, always a team player and never without a kind word for a student.

Mrs. Cline received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from The College of New Jersey and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey.

Always a force for change and compassion, Mrs. Cline has been the torch-bearer for many positive developments at Parkway School. She originated Jr. Paws and the Jr. Paws Council, co-wrote a grant to benefit Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, which garnered Parkway School a Promising Practice award from, and was instrumental in bringing “mindfulness” to Parkway School with a PLC book study.

In the classroom, Mrs. Cline will champion a student’s efforts while giving them constructive feedback so that she encourages growth in their self-esteem, accountability and critical thinking skills simultaneously.

“With Leigh’s ‘go and get it done attitude’ and her ability to make students feel comfortable and valued in her classroom, it is no surprise that one who began at Parkway School as a student-teacher became Parkway’s Educator of the Year and now is the Mercer County Educator of the Year,” Principal Michelle Conway stated.


“I have wanted to be a teacher since I was four years old.  From my visits to my dad's middle school art classroom as a little kid, to playing school in my basement, and tutoring a blind student in high school; teaching was always my dream," Cline shared.


“I love teaching because every day is different but every day can make a difference," she added.  "I love the chance to teach multiple subjects each day and integrate social emotional learning into so much of what we do.  My favorite thing to do with my students is to make connections with them and learn about them as individuals so I can cheer them on and help them to grow.” 


“In addition to teaching, I also participate in many committees at Parkway as well as help with clubs and special events," Cline shared.  "I am the secretary for the Ewing Township Education Association, and I volunteer with Mount Laurel Baseball Association, the Parkway PTO (in Mount Laurel), and the New Jersey Alliance for Social Emotional and Character Development.”


"We are very proud of Mrs. Cline's impressive accomplishment and the Ewing Schools Community joins together in celebrating this achievement," Superintendent Michael Nitti stated. "It is an honor for the Ewing Schools to have the Mercer County Educator of the Year on our team, and it is a testament to Mrs. Cline's abilities and dedication to her students."