Parkway Elementary School 2020-2021 Educator of the Year: Mrs. Colleen Czajkowski
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.
Parkway Elementary School’s Governor Educator of the Year is Mrs. Coleen Czajkowski!
Mrs. Czajkowski graduated from Rider University with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Communication, Interpersonal Relations and a minor in Middle School with a concentration in Mathematics. She graduated from Montclair State University with her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Mrs. Czajkowski joined the Parkway Elementary School educators in September 2011. Mrs. Czajkowski is currently a fourth grade teacher at Parkway Elementary School and has been a member of the fourth grade team for over nine years. While at Parkway Elementary School, Mrs. Czajkowski has worked to be a staff member who is resourceful, professional and a mentor to new teachers and students. She regularly exchanges suggestions for program improvement and instructional changes with her fourth grade team. Trunk or Treat, Pancake Breakfast, Fourth grade concerts and Pajama Reading Night are a few of the evening family events where Mrs. Czajkowski attends to assist and facilitate activities.
During her time at Parkway School Colleen has coached the Odyssey of the Mind team and helped to develop and facilitate the Pasta Dinner/Basket Auction which benefitted the Odyssey of the Mind team and the Instrumental Music program. Colleen is a teacher who always has a smile on her face and cheerful greetings in her heart. In her classroom students feel honored, respected, challenged, cared for and loved. Even when needing to be stern Colleen does it in a way where the student is able to understand and take responsibility for their wrong choices without feeling downtrodden.
“Since being a principal at Parkway Elementary School, I always enjoy my time in Colleen’s classroom watching her ignite a spark in her students that gets them excited about learning,” shared Principal Nicole Harris. “Her prevailing attitude is that learning is fun and we can learn from each other as we navigate this new information together. Being in her classroom is always a time for adventure and learning in academics and in student self-discovery.”