Princeton University recently named four New Jersey secondary school teachers as the winners of its Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching. They will be honored at the university’s May 30 commencement.

The winners are Wahab Ashraf of Science Park High School in Newark, Bob Fenster of Hillsborough High School, Maria Maloupis of Lyndhurst Middle School, and Nancy Picinic Ricca of Pascack Valley High School, according to the university’s Office of Communications.

They each will receive $5,000, as well as $3,000 for their school libraries.

“These four prize winners represent the incredible work that is taking place in our nation’s schools,” said Todd Kent, director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation. “These amazing individuals remind us all that great teachers have the power to change lives and lift communities.”

Princeton has honored secondary school teachers since 1959 after receiving an anonymous gift from an alumnus to establish the program.

Read more about the program as well as the winners in this article on the Princeton University website.