Halsted’s Teresa Muzzo named Sussex County Teacher of the Year
The Newton Public Schools are proud to announce that Halsted Middle School teacher Teresa Muzzo has been named the Sussex County Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent Dr. Ken Greene said, "We are truly excited that Teresa is being recognized in this way. She is a talented, dedicated professional who brings her best to the classroom every day. Mrs. Muzzo is a true leader who exhibits outstanding teaching skills as well as care and advocacy on behalf of her students."
Mrs. Muzzo has been a teacher in the Newton Public Schools for the past seventeen years, currently teaching in both the resource room and in-class support settings. Halsted Principal Kristi Greene said, "Teaching is an art and Mrs. Muzzo is truly a master artist, as she infects her students with her love of learning along with many other life and social skills."
In her own words, Mrs, Muzzo shared, " Teaching is my passion. I consider it an honor and a privilege to walk into my classroom each day and connect with students. It's a teacher's relationship with her students that shifts the experience from simply implementing the curriculum to impacting lives." Mrs. Muzzo especially enjoys utilizing read-alouds and shared reading activities to assist the development of her students' comprehension and vocabulary acquisition. Her classroom is a community where she works with each student to create an environment filled with respect, security, and kindness.
Mrs. Muzzo graduated from Kean University where she received a Bachelor's Degree as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is certified to teach special education, elementary education, and the hearing impaired. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in reading from Centenary University.
Teresa Muzzo (3rd from left) receives her certificate as Sussex County Teacher of the Year from the New Jersey Department of Education. Also pictured are New Jersey Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington, Newton Superintendent G. Kennedy Greene, and Sussex County Educational Specialist Stephen Goldman. (Picture courtesy of NJDOE)
More about New Jersey’s County Teachers of the Year (from NJDOE’s press release)
Today, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced the selection of New Jersey's 21 County Teachers of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. The County Teachers of the Year are recognized for valuable contributions to their local school communities and are given the opportunity to serve as ambassadors of education to officials at the county and state levels.
"I am thrilled to be able to honor our amazing County Teachers of the Year for 2017-18, and express my appreciation for the work they do for their students," said Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington. "New Jersey has many great teachers, and this award is a tribute to the talent, professionalism, and dedication of these 21 educators to inspire the children they teach. I look forward to learning more from them in the months to come."
In addition to affording opportunities for this group of honored teachers to network with educators throughout the state and county, the NJDOE will count on this group to take valuable resources and materials directly from the Department to local districts. At the same time, the teachers will be invited to serve on state committees and task forces to share their own experiences and points of view at the state level.
County Teachers of the Year are first selected as Teachers of the Year at the school level through the Governor's Educator of the Year program. They then compete for county recognition and are selected by panels representing a cross-section of administrators, teachers, parents, and county education association representatives convened by the Department's Executive County Superintendents.
A state-level panel of educators will select New Jersey's State Teacher of the Year based on a written application, video submission, and interviews with the top finalists. The State Teacher of the Year will be announced at the State Board of Education's October meeting, and he or she will go on to represent New Jersey at the National Teacher of the Year competition.
The NJDOE encourages every school district to take advantage of the Governor's Educator of the Year program as one way to recognize the hard work and dedication of their outstanding teachers. Additional information can be found on the Governor's Educator of the Year webpage.