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Who are the Best Millburn Teachers?

Help us celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week.

“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.

“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. 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 Millburn, you can help celebrate local teachers who make a difference in our children's lives by sending your story about your favorite teacher to Millburn Editor Laura Griffin at laura.griffin@patch.com You can also tell us in the comments OR upload a photo with a 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 has made a difference in your life or the lives of your children.

Scott N. May 08, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Ironic that there's all this talk about bullying and the Patch chooses to run a "contest" to find out who the most popular teacher is. If kids did this to other children they'd be called to the office and warned about h.i.b The child whose name did not appear on the list might feel left out or worse, bullied. Sarcastic, of course. But come on Patch, you can't be serious.
J S Beckerman May 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I agree...it's a silly use of space. The whole "favorite" polls are inane. The Patch should stick to news.
M OKeef May 08, 2012 at 09:24 PM
The only correct answer is ALL of them.
Laura Griffin May 08, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I think you may have misunderstood this post - it's not a popularity contest or any kind of contest. We asked for stories about teachers who've made a difference in your lives. We want to highlight stories of good teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. Happy to run your comments about all of them! It was not meant as a contest and certainly not meant as bullying.
Sandy May 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I can't help but hear such sour grapes in these posts from people who don't have things go their way on here. Also, the knee-jerk responses to all of this pseudo- bullying nonsense has got to stop. If your responses are a way to teach your children about the beauty of freedom of speech or perhaps you're personifying for your child what arrogance looks like, well it just doesn't suit you well. You may think it looks good on you, but you're mistaken. Cynicism does not=Intelligence. To answer your question Patch-My favorite teacher was antagonistic and she smoked like a chimney, but if you had common sense and if you read the syllabus you knew that she had the knowledge and you needed that to just pass the course. If you used college for what it's intended, you also would make time to see her after class. One-on-one, when those "holier than thou kids" (as she called them) weren't around to hear themselves talk, she would discuss issues in small circles. I survived under the "bullying" pressure of a real teacher; I knew the material better then anyone in the class and I owned the class that many others feared. Yes, I would have to say my greatest teacher was one who had expectations, rules and a smoker's cough, but if you cared enough about the cost of each class and about the experience you wanted, then she offered enlightenment.
Ellen Lange May 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM
There are some really interesting members of the Millburn faculty who have extreme interests outside of teaching. A couple who come to mind; Steve Chernoski (Middle School) - he wrote, directed & produced the NJ Movie. http://www.stevechernoski.com/biography.htm Amy Blake (Hartshorn) -Her passion is folk music, which she brings it into the classroom. http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertberkowitzrsbimageworks/sets/72157629218813911/ I know there are so many more.

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