Mrs. Jennifer Scoon
New Jersey Governor's Teacher &
Educational Services Professional
Recognition Award Program
2010Congratulations 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:
- 3 selected by the board of education;
- 3 selected by the bargaining unit;
- If the bargaining unit does not select 3 members, then up to 3 more can be appointed by the Board of Education; and
3 selected jointly by the board and the bargaining unit.
Criteria for Selection of Exceptional Teachers
- Hold an appropriate instructional certificate;
- Set high expectations for all students;
- Establish a positive classroom climate and rapport with all students;
- Develop feelings of self-worth and a love of learning in all students;
- Increase student achievement of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in a student-centered learning environment;
- Use a variety of instructional strategies that enable student success ;
- Use educational technology effectively in support of learning; and
Contribute to quality professional development in their district.
Each school building can nominate either one Teacher or one Educational Services Professional to be recognized.
Hold an educational services professional certificate;
Interact positively with students, staff and parents while functioning as a frontline advocate for the student between home and school;
Foster an appropriate environment for learning and explore creative alternatives to enable all students to achieve their fullest potential;
Support student achievement of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards by addressing the educational, social and emotional needs of all students;
Contribute to quality professional development in their district; and
Interact with students in ways that demonstrate professionalism while retaining respect humor, compassion and concern for the while child.