Ocean County Press Release
110 Teachers Honored for Service to Students

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP – Being described as unique and exceptional, 110 teachers from school districts throughout Ocean County were recognized as Teachers of the Year during a ceremony May 30.

"When you are named teacher of the year by your peers and colleagues you have truly gone above and beyond what is expected of you in the classroom," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who attended the May 30 celebration. "You truly make a difference every day in the lives of so many children."

Vicari, a long time educator, told the teachers that the challenges they face daily are often difficult ones.

"Teaching is far more difficult today with so many social challenges making their way into the classroom," Vicari said. "From the student who is displaced because of Superstorm Sandy to the student who is afflicted with health problems, a good teacher not only knows the individual needs of their students but works with them to make certain they do the best they can."

Vicari noted that teachers also play an integral role in battling the serious problems of increased drug addiction and drug overdoses.

"We all must work together to stem the tide of drug addiction, whether heroin or painkillers, in our young adults," Vicari said. "Only working together we will be able to see a change in the current situation."

Vicari joined with Dr. Frank Kasyan, Superintendent of Schools for the Little Egg Harbor Township School District, Vincent Smith, President of the Ocean County Association of School Administrators, which hosted the Teacher Recognition, Thomas Dowd, Executive County Superintendent of Schools, 9th District Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, Thomas Gialanella, Toms River Regional Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Triantafillos Parlapanides, Central Regional School District Superintendent of Schools and Nina Anuario, Senior Vice President of OceanFirst Bank, a major sponsor of the event, in congratulating and recognizing the teachers.

"As I look around the room I am in total awe," said Executive County Superintendent Dowd. "The position I miss the most is when I was in the classroom."

Dowd told the teachers that through the years, everyone can remember a special teacher that had a positive effect on their life.

"So when you think your job doesn't matter, always remember that at some point there will always be adults sitting around a dinner table talking to their children about the teacher that made the biggest difference to them," he said. "You are all winners. You are all being recognized today as master educators. You are the essential ingredient in education."

Smith, who is also Superintendent of Schools in Point Pleasant, told the teachers they were members of a very "noble profession."

"You are role models for all of your students," he said.

Maureen Neuner, of the Pinelands Regional School District, was recognized as Ocean County Teacher of the Year 2013-2014.

Those teachers recognized as Teacher of the Year and their respective school districts are: Jennifer Appice, Deanna Bartolini, Carrie Calaguire, Donna Hetherington, William "Chip" Junker, Deborah Straut, Barnegat Township School District; Marjie Carnevale, Beach Haven Borough School District; Diane Fraone, Melia Hoffman, Laurierae Mongaliri, Amy Sherwood, Berkeley Township School District; Tiffany Aguayo, Louise Baldwin, William Brunner, Cheryl Hale, Kelly Johnson, Wendy Kachoogian, Patricia Krebs, Tara Ranaudo, Joanna Scutro, Tracey Shropshire, Joyce Syvertsen, Noel Witall, Brick Township School District.

Also, Samantha Muccino, Kathleen Trievon, Central Regional School District; Barbara Frame, Eagleswood Township School District; Lisa A. Royer, Island Heights School District; Jillian Barracato, Tammy Dunn, Karen Hamman, Scott Katona, Debora McGuckin, Elaine Netis, Lisa Raney, Jennifer Rice, Paulette Shavel, Faye Zaninelli, Jackson Township School District; Christine Anderson, Jennifer Bentley, Maurice Grillon, Kristina Hayes, Heather Opacity, Peggy Shull, Lacey Township School District.

And, Kimberly Lambusta, Lakehurst Borough School District; Jennifer Capper-Patterson, Mariana DeSilvestri, Cecelia Ding, Keri Lippman, Alyson Szczygiel, Kimberly Veltre, Kevin Walters, Lakewood Township School District; Marie Cittadino, Scott Clifton, Nadine Paretzky, Little Egg Harbor School District; Carolyn Defino, Barbara Doyle, Dawn Lambusta, Maureen Rubin, Virginia Schenck, Dawn Sullivan, Manchester Township School District; Michael Cacciuttolo, Debra Gall, Robin Kelly, Jason Kelsey, Karen Natale, James O'Donnell, Ocean County Vocational Technical School; Erin Colling, Ocean Gate School District.

And, Suzanne Kelly, Gina LaHaye, Ocean Township School District; James Ardoin, James Trenelli, Pinelands Regional School District; Michael Forina, Ellen Healy, Jamie Leto, Amy Parker, Plumsted Township School District; John Boland, Tara Weber, Point Pleasant Beach School District; Candace Ross, Alicia Scalabrini, Lynn Thompson, Phyllis Thomson, Point Pleasant Borough School District; Lori Beers, Seaside Heights School District; Tracy Paulillo, Marissa Reynolds, Southern Regional School District.

Also, Kristi Deren, Kerry F. Eck'Art, Terri Maloney, Veronica Slota, Ryan Savianeso, Stafford Township School District; Kristin DeLucci, Toms River East School District; Angela DeSantis, Toms River North School District; Greg Sager, Toms River South School District; Jami Rae Thoms, Toms River Intermediate East School District; Kathleen Keller, Toms River Intermediate North School District; Heather Pentifallo, Toms River Intermediate South School District; Christopher Bayer, Keith Cheek, Janis Coles, Julie Ferry, Grace Goble, Jacqueline Gold, Nancy Hayes, Lori Hudson, Kim Kearney, Kimberly Lychock, Geralyn Raimondi, Susan Wallace, Toms River Township School District, and Siobhan Grayson, Tuckerton Borough School District.

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