Woodbridge Center has been running a contest to find the top performing teacher. The finalists are in, and four of them are teachers from schools inside Woodbridge.
“We have some great examples of teachers who affect their students’ lives in really positive and unique ways," said David Albertson, senior marketing manager for the mall.
The winner of the contest will get a $500 gift card to Woodbridge Center on National Teacher's Day on May 7. Right now, fans of the teachers can vote for them on Woodbridge Center's Facebook page.
Vote will be accepted through April 28. Each person can vote once a day.
The Woodbridge nominees are from Colonia Middle School, and two from Kennedy Park School in Iselin. Here are some of the comments made by those who nominated them:
- Celeste Rocano, Colonia Middle School: "Mrs. Racano is a top-notch teacher because she will go out of her way to make sure you succeed. When I was in her class, she spent extra time with me just to make sure I could understand and comprehend; she did it in a way that it was enjoyable as well as simple. She is really great at making sure you learn what she was trying to teach. Anything I accomplish I attribute to her. Aside from teaching daily, she single-handedly started a club that reaches out to the community ''Kid''s for Kindness.'' Kid''s who are in the club will go out and look for ways to serve their community. They have done countless events. Mrs. Racano is responsible for so much more than what I can fit in this 100 word essay. But I believe if anyone should deserve an award for top-notch teacher, it's her."
- Richard Maddock, Woodbridge High School: "A great math teacher, and helps everyone... outgoing person that has a great heart. He helps anyone, even people who arent in his classes because he cares about his work - and thats what really matters."
- Nina Jacobs, Kennedy Park School: "Ms. Jacob teaches not just elementary education, but also community involvement. She coordinates fundraisers, food drives, and clothing drives for those in need. She goes above and beyond in every capacity - as a teacher, as the unofficial IT person at Kennedy Park, and as a caring member of the local and global community. Her motto is Gandhi''s phrase - ''Be the change that you wish to see in the world'' - and she doesn''t just say it, she lives it."
- Marilyn Stephan, Kennedy Park School: "Marilyn Stephan is a teacher who goes above board to work with all of her students. She has students with various learning levels and she is able to work with each and every one of them and make each child feel important and understand the work. She goes out of her way to work with parents and mentor other faculty in the school. She is the epitome of a first class teacher!"
To cast your vote, go to Woodbridge Center's Facebook page at this link.