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Boro participating in Ocean County program


The Point Pleasant Borough School District is pleased to announce their participation in the 2013 Ocean County Teacher Recognition Program, an annual program that honors exceptional teachers and educational services professionals from each of the district’s four schools.

Nominations for this year’s program are now being sought from school district staff and the Point Pleasant Borough community.

 The Criteria for Selection of Teachers is as follows:

  • Use of creativity and innovation in the classroom;
  • An ability to increase student achievement through a learning-focused environment;
  • Contributing to the professional growth of colleagues;
  • Encouraging community service and service learning opportunities as a means of enriching academic learning; and,
  • Effective use of technology to advance learning.

 The Criteria for Selection of Educational Services Professionals is as follows:

  • Positive interactions with students, staff, and parents while functioning as frontline advocate for the student between home and school;
  • Fostering an appropriate environment for learning and exploring creative alternatives to enable all students to achieve to their fullest potential;
  • Supporting classroom instruction by addressing the educational, social and emotional needs of all students; and,
  • Personal interactions with students that demonstrate professionalism while retaining respect, humor, compassion and concern for the whole child.

In addition, in alignment with the Department of Education’s Strategic Plan, the following criteria should be considered:

  • Use of creativity, innovation and efficiency in the classroom;
  • Ability to increase student achievement of the Core Curriculum Content Standards through a learning-focused environment;
  • Ability to contribute to the quality of the professional development in their district; and;
  • Ability to utilize educational technology in an effective and efficient manner.

Members of the Point Pleasant Borough community who would like to nominate a teacher or educational services professional for consideration should send a letter naming the teacher nominated and reasons for nomination reflecting the above criteria by January 23, 2013 to:

Robert Alfonse

Director of Curriculum and Instruction K-12

Point Pleasant Schools

2100 Panther Path

Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

Nominations will be reviewed and selections determined by a committee of community representatives and staff members.

“As the engineers of successful student outcomes, education professionals play a vital role in the development of a strong, well-educated society,” said Superintendent of Schools Vincent S. Smith. “It is essential that we, as a society, recognize and applaud their contributions, demonstrating our gratitude for their hard work and dedication to the education of our youth.”

 “The Ocean County Teacher Recognition Program provides an excellent opportunity for school systems and their communities to honor exemplary education professionals,” he said. “I strongly encourage anyone who has been positively affected by an exceptional Point Pleasant Borough teacher or educational services professional to express their appreciation and nominate that person.”

 “With so many outstanding educators in our district, the challenge will be selecting just one nominee from what is sure to be an extremely competitive pool,” added Smith.

Nominations can include various types of staff members including:

* Educational Services Professionals: Associate Educational Media Specialist; Athletic Trainer; Coordinator: Apprentice Programs; Coordinator: Cooperative Industrial Education Programs; Director of Student Personnel Services; Educational Media Specialist; Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant; Professional Librarian; Reading Specialist; School Nurse; School Occupational Therapist; School Physical Therapist; School Psychologist; School Social Worker; Speech-Language Specialist; Student Personnel Services; Substance Awareness Coordinator; Teacher-Coordinator, Cooperative Vocational-Technical Education Programs.

To find out more about the Point Pleasant School District, visit the district website at www.pointpleasant.k12.nj.us.

Chief Wahoo January 09, 2013 at 11:11 PM
whatever overpaid baby sitter is costing me the least , is my favorite
Rick Ricky January 10, 2013 at 02:34 AM
My friends wife is a public pre school teacher making 100k a year. They are a bunch of 3&4 year olds. NJ public schools are out of control. There should be a maximum salary on this level along with K thru 8. If the teachers don't like it, have them get a job somewhere else. I know a lot of people that would love to make 50k a year teaching this level. Personally I don't feel NJ public system is as good as they claim. I believe they can and does make it look anyway they want it to look.
Rick Ricky January 10, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Chief Wahoo, The other problem is the teachers want a raise every year no matter what is going on in the world around them. Sorry, Since Sandy Hurricane Hit, There should be no raises for any public workers. Not teachers, Police, Town Workers, put a hold on all salaries. A matter a fact, Cut all their salaries, if they don't like it then hire someone else in place of them.
Karen Newman Nobel January 10, 2013 at 06:07 AM
I read this article and it had nothing to do with salaries..maybe you should find another place to complain about teachers..we happen to like most of them and they put in an honest days work! Many teachers were also hurt by the storm and they continue to work everyday to help the children in our town.
Lisa Frankenfeld January 10, 2013 at 03:11 PM
My kids have had (and continued to have) some wonderful teachers who have truly made a difference. But even if they had not, the point of this article is to nominate the the best teachers in Point Pleasant Borough. Please leave politics out of this.
Rick Ricky January 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Don't you realize its alway about politics. I am sure the teacher of the year will be someone politically connected that has nothing to do with who is really the best teacher. Sure and all the high school kids complain how screwed up and lazy the teachers are today. They do very little, minimum amount of work necessary to get the kids passing. They aren't always honest according to them. I find the students are more honest and tell it like it is. When grades are given so freely no 17 year old kid is going to turn that opportunity down even when they know they don't deserve the grade. Stop using the storm as an excuse. That is what everyone is doing and it is really sickening all ready.
Rick Ricky January 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Stop using the storm as an excuse. It is getting old already. I don't agree that all teachers put an honest days work in. You are allowed to think the way you want to and I will think like I do. Thank You Very Much. If you adults would only start listening to the children in your town maybe you would have a real clue on what has been going on.
Jersey Mom 2 January 12, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Listen, everybody that commented knows how to read and write so therefore, thank a teacher!! How dare you comment with rude accusations about something that probably isn't even true. Yes, there are good and not so good teachers, but i would say about 95% of them have been wonderful to my kids, one of which is graduating this year. So glad the ones making the rude comments are not teachers, I would never want my kids to have learned from them, their anger is appalling!
Rick Ricky January 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Wake up Mom 2, Go ask a few H.S. graduates what is really going on. Oh..that's right people don't listen to the kids. They never know what they are talking about right. They know way more than what parents or the schools think. People wonder why suicide is high amongst teenagers. They feel helpless because most are not getting the help they need at home or school. No one cares enough to really sit and ask them questions or wait for their answers. The H.S. kids know what is going on in their schools. There complaints get dismissed or squashed real quick. Its never the schools fault according to them. It is always the kid or the parents fault. Not that some parents are not screwed up. Who lets them get away with it? The schools do. It is denial all the way around. Everyone just stay in that bubble and vote for the teacher of they year. Hopefully it will be that 10% that really deserves it. I doubt it because from my own friends wife who is a teacher realizes her school is filled with her co-workers that pretends to be friends are really phonies and will be the first to send you down the river without a paddle. They will leave you hi and dry. Everything is based on popularity and who knows who. I know the right teachers are not getting the credit they deserve. I have to wonder if the kids who are getting recognized or are at top really deserve it too.
Team Dawg January 12, 2013 at 06:09 PM
I originally read this article thinking it was a wonderful example of how a community can help to recognize some of the important people that help make it up, which it was. It is unfortunate that it can become fuel for such debate. While personal opinions may vary on what is appropriate salary for a particular job, I think we can all agree that our educators are entrusted with the daunting task of teaching and caring for our children and for that alone they should be recognized as the Everyday heroes that they are.
BettyF January 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM
A friend of mine teaches in Point and wrote this about a year ago after reading some incredibly negative comments about teachers. I feel it's important to post here. Not because she thinks teachers do any more than anyone else. But because she does work hard, just like most other people do in their jobs. There are good and bad employees everywhere you go. However, it's unfair to lump a group of people together and say the majority are ineffective and don't care about their jobs. Here's what she wrote... "After reading some recent scathing comments about teachers, I feel I have to write here what I do as a teacher to give a little credit to people who have chosen this career. I know that all teachers are different, but I will say the ones I know spend their days just like I do..." Continued below...
BettyF January 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM
"I get to school at 6:15am, an hour early, to prepare for the day. The students arrive at 7:20am and from that point until they leave, I must be "on." I can't close my eyes for a moment. I can't just sit at my desk and let my students work. I am talking, walking, explaining, modeling, differentiating, modifying, repeating, and listening. I must know all of my learners. I must know every one of my twenty-something students in each class. I must follow nineteen IEP’s and know the modifications to make for every one of them. I must remember that seven of my students need preferential seating and eleven of my students need modified tests and two of my students have anxiety disorders and four of my students need notes printed out for them and eight of my students have no support at home. I must prepare my students to pass the NJASK but “not teach to the test” but “be sure to do test prep.” I must get 65 students with completely varying abilities to all improve their reading and writing skills." Continued below...
BettyF January 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM
"I have a 42 minute lunch break and a free period where I can complete about 10% of the total grading I need to do each day. Yes, I get home at around 3:00, but I then often face around two hours of lesson planning or grading. I’ll also mention that I do even more lesson planning and grading on weekends. Even when I’m not actively doing school work, I’m thinking about it. I’m worrying about whether or not John will finish typing his essay or whether Shannon understands helping and main verbs or if Dana’s home situation will get better or what I can do to improve my lesson on symbolism. What I can do improve every lesson. My every day is consumed with being a teacher. Summers off, you argue? Sure, we have summers off. Summers that most of the teachers I know spend working at other jobs. Jobs that pay for the, on average, $500 teachers spend on school supplies out of their own pockets each year. I’m not writing this to claim that teachers have it rough or do any more work than anyone else. I love everything about being a teacher. I’m writing this to show that we do work hard though. And that, no matter what anyone, we do care immensely about our students."
BettyF January 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Like I said, I posted the above to show that not all teachers do the minimal. They do care and deserve to be recognized if doing a good job. Just like any other person who does a good job in ANY profession deserves to be recognized.
Jeff January 13, 2013 at 02:12 AM
I would say what you described is an exceptional teacher. Sure, I new a few when I was in school. Unfortunately I would say their was "Less exceptional" than "Exceptional" from my own experience. I had teachers that were exact opposite. They were uncaring and lazy.
Horse mom January 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM
There are very caring teachers in the school however I have to say I personally pulled my children out of the point schools due to lack of understanding my Autistic son in first grade labelin him as " immature and babied " yes true, immaturity is part of Autism I feel since ocean county is so high with it 1 out of 59 children , they should have seen the signs and not label my son as immature , that teacher has been teaching many years and by right should have retired years ago . I am not bashing all teachers at all , they have a tough job , the chose that job fully knowing what it entailed is all


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