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Who's Your Favorite Gloucester Twp. Teacher?

Help us celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week on Gloucester Township Patch.

“Every day I am asked what the secret is to ensuring every child in New Jersey graduates from high school ready for college and career, and I always have one simple response—outstanding teachers.”

Those are the words of NJ Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf in a video address made available Monday on the state's website for National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11).

“I began my career as a high school history teacher, and I can honestly say that I never worked harder or felt more rewarded than I did during those four years," Cerf added. "We as a state should make sure that we celebrate outstanding educators every day for their work with our children and for developing the next generation of leaders.”

In Gloucester Township, you can help celebrate local teachers who make a difference in our children's lives by sending your story about your favorite Gloucester Township Public Schools or Black Horse Pike Regional School District teacher to Gloucester Township Patch Local Editor Sean McCullen at sean.mccullen@patch.com. You can also tell us in the comments or upload a photo with caption to this story.

In addition to Patch, the New Jersey Department of Education is also looking for stories of outstanding teachers:

  • Teacher Memory: This is a new feature of the state’s website where New Jersey residents can submit a memory of their favorite teacher, either past or present. These memories will be reflected on the Department’s website to demonstrate the important contribution that teachers make in each of our lives, even many years later. http://education.state.nj.us/feature/
  • Teacher Spotlight: Each month, the Department will feature a different outstanding New Jersey teacher to recognize and reward their contribution in the classroom. The first teacher to be featured in this series is New Jersey Teacher of the Year Jeanne DelColle. http://education.state.nj.us/feature/spotlight/12/05.php

A great teacher can change the course of many lives. Tell us about a teacher who changed your life or those of your children.

Schu May 08, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Trudy Vernon from Glen Landing was the most influential teacher that my children had but she was forced into retirement by the administration.
Joshua Berry May 09, 2012 at 02:10 AM
This is one of those "no-win" questions like when your wife asks if she looks fat in those jeans. Even if you have an answer you quickly chage the topic or fake like you just burned your shirt while ironing to distract her. There are so many wonderful and dedicated teachers in Gloucester Township that to pick one would be a disservice to the rest. My boys are still in elementary school, but I have lost count of the number of men and women that have had an impact on their lives. It it not only their primary teachers but the specialists for reading and other topics, the librarians, the assistants and aids, even the men and women at Latchkey. I assume the other elementary and the middle schools have just as many talented teachers and staff. Though to be honest, my favorite moment was when my oldest son was in first grade and his teacher had parents come in to read to the class. A great way to make two classes of 7 year olds is to read "Walter the farting dog" to them. Now that he is entering middle school those days of pure innocence are gone. I an grateful to his teacher for giving me that memory I'll always cherish.
julia donahue May 09, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Fortunately, I agree with Joshua about the number of quality teachers that influenced my son's success with learning. At Loring Fleming School, Mary Monahan and Laurie Paul stand out and at Glen Landing Susie Melachowsky and Eric Newman made him believe in himself and give him confidence. Good teachers are TRULY out there in this township and my thanks to all of them. All of that said: PARENTS are the first and best teachers of their children, never doubt that fact and never forget to do your part as a parent.
Jennifer May 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
My favorite teacher is Miss Saylor at The Kingdom Charter School of Leadership in Blackwood. My son is in kindergarten there. The beginning of the school year was a bit challenging for him but, with the help of Miss Saylor he has become quite the young man. He still has tendency to act like a 5 year old little boy but, at the same time he has turned into quite the leader. I appreciate all of her dedication she puts into her students. She has faith in her students and will not let them down. She helped make kindergarten a success!
Michelle Wolfson May 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Trudy Vernon did not teach any of my kids, but she was a counselor for them at camp. She was also interviewed for an article I did here on Patch last year. I have to say that the kids absolutely ADORE her and I have never heard anything but positive feedback from anyone who has ever had her as a teacher or otherwise.
Michelle Wolfson May 10, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I'd like to throw a mention in there for Denise Giveans, a 1st grade teacher at Chews Elementary. 2 of my 3 children had her. I find her dedication and love of children and of teaching, wonderful. My kids still talk about her regularly.
Trudy Vernon May 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Thank you for your very kind and appreciated comments. I can only say that I love kids, have always loved and longed to be with kids. I was blessed to have a 39 year career, teaching in the Gloucester Township School District. I met, taught, coached and loved these exceptional young people.

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