Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Scoon for being the 2010 recipient of the NJ Governor's Teacher's Award. It is a program that acknowledges innovative and dedicated teachers.
The Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program was developed in 1985 for the purpose of acknowledging teachers who exhibit outstanding performance. It is not associated with the Teacher of the Year program. The rationale for this program is based on the premise that teaching excellence is one of the most significant factors impacting student achievement and the quality of public schools. Further, acknowledging excellence encourages teachers to continue to strive towards that goal. For the purpose of this program, teachers are defined as those whose primary responsibility is classroom instruction.
Composition of the Selection Panel
Each public school district in New Jersey is invited to select exceptional teachers and/or educational services professionals from each school through the use of a district selection panel. The district selection panel must include an administrator, a teacher, and a parent/guardian. It should consist of up to nine members:
Criteria for Selection of Exceptional Teachers
The criteria for selection of Educational Services Professionals are as follows: