Antheil Elementary School 2020-21 Educator of the Year: Mrs. Michele Dagenais
The Ewing Schools Announce 2020-21 Educators of the Year!
The Ewing Schools is proud to announce the district’s recipients of the 2020-21 Governor’s Educator of Year awards.
The New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program and the Governor's Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program have been integrated into the Governor's Educator of the Year Program. This updated program highlights educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching, and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success. Further, it seeks to attract public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system.
Antheil Elementary School’s Governor Educator of the Year is Mrs. Michele Dagenais!
Mrs. Dagenais first joined the Antheil School family in 2011 as a long-term replacement teacher. She kicked-off her career officially at Antheil Elementary School in September of 2012 teaching as a primary grade teacher and taught in grades Kindergarten through second grade through June of 2015. She then had a stint as an Antheil Elementary School EIS teacher for a few years before heading back to the classroom as a third grade teacher in 2018. She is currently teaching in a first grade inclusion class for the 2020-2021 school year.
Mrs. Dagenais graduated from Rider University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology.
“Mrs. Dagenais strives to create lessons that are developmentally appropriate, engaging and meaningful,” Principal Kip Harrison stated. “She employs multisensory techniques to ensure she is meeting the differing needs and learning styles in her classroom.”
Mrs. Dagenais values continuing education and is dedicated to professional growth. She participated in math and literacy book clubs and attended workshops outside the district. This past summer, Mrs. Dagenais enrolled in a 30-hour phonics course to learn best practices for teaching reading to struggling learners.
Mrs. Dagenais is an active member of the school community. She served as an Odyssey of the Mind Coach and mentor to fellow colleagues. Mrs. Dagenais enjoys volunteering her time for school events such as the Welcome Back Picnic, Literacy Festival, and Science with a Dash of Math Night.
“Mrs. Dagenais is a true asset to the Antheil Elementary School community,” added Principal Harrison. “Her driving motivation has always been the best interests of her students and she continually goes above and beyond when it comes to her students and their learning styles. She is hardworking, dedicated and tries to be the best teacher she can be.”