Jersey Shore, Pa. — Two Jersey Shore Space Faculty District academics are being honored for his or her position in Pennsylvania training, each on the state degree and domestically.
The district boasts a finalist for Pennsylvania’s state Instructor of The 12 months award in Brooke Menzen, whereas Jonathan Palumbo earned Instructor of the 12 months for Jersey Shore highschool this college 12 months.
A Jersey Shore Excessive Faculty English instructor, Menzen is one in every of 12 finalists within the operating for Pennsylvania Instructor of The 12 months for 2023. If Menzen receives the glory, she shall be entered into competitors to develop into nationwide Instructor of The 12 months.
District Superintendent Brian Ulmer mentioned, “Whoever is chosen as Pennsylvania Instructor of The 12 months is then put within the ballot for nationwide Instructor of The 12 months.”
Ulmer mentioned it’s a “testomony to the training” that Jersey Shore college students obtain, earlier than additionally mentioning that Menzen was herself a graduate from the district.
“Not solely is she actually impacting out system, however she’s a product of our system,” Ulmer mentioned.
If she is chosen, Menzen can have entry to “a yearlong, one-of-a-kind skilled studying and improvement expertise,” in accordance the state division of educations web site.
Menzen mentioned she was nominated for state Instructor of The 12 months by Excessive Faculty assistant principal Elizabeth Segraves.
The necessities for state Instructor of The 12 months embody every finalist submitting a recorded video of themselves demonstrating efficient educating methods. They have to additionally undergo a sequence of interviews.
Finalists will then be acknowledged on the Division of Training’s annual Requirements Aligned System Institute, the place the state Instructor of The 12 months shall be formally chosen.
“I’m very honored to have been nominated and to have made it this far,” Menzen mentioned, “I do love educating. I believe it’s a unbelievable career, and I like serving to the scholars as a lot as attainable.”
“She is an unbelievable educator,” Ulmer mentioned, “I’ve personally been in her classroom and watched her educate. College students reply very positively to her. She’s very artistic in what she does to interact her college students. It’s properly deserved.”
Jersey Shore Space Excessive Faculty has honored Menzen’s fellow English instructor, Jonathan Palumbo, as their Instructor of the 12 months.
“Mr. Palumbo isn’t solely an incredible instructor but additionally our swimming coach,” Ulmer mentioned, “youngsters reply to him rather well and look as much as him as a mentor. So, I’m not stunned that he’s acknowledged by college students as the highschool instructor of the 12 months.”
He obtained an engraved plaque that may grasp within the halls of the highschool.
Palumbo was voted the varsity’s Instructor of The 12 months by the coed physique.
The varsity additionally acknowledged three different runners-up on their Fb web page: Kimberlee Candy, English instructor; Eric Hess, health club instructor; and Robert Fox, math instructor.
“They’re nice educators,” Ulmer mentioned, “clearly it means lots that their college students not solely nominated them, however then the coed physique voted on that.”