The New Jersey School Boards Association acknowledges the hard work, talent and dedication of the 21 outstanding educators who have been selected as the County Teachers of the Year for 2021-2022.

“The importance and influence of great teachers cannot be underestimated. Great teachers are the soul of an enlightened society. Your dedication, talent and compassion are at the heart of New Jersey’s public schools and the success of our students,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director, during a virtual ceremony held on August 25.

“New Jersey’s County Teachers of the Year—and the teachers of the year in every school and district—exemplify the very best in education and the hard work of their colleagues throughout the state,” he added.

The Association has been a long-time supporter of the state’s Educator of the Year program. NJSBA produced the virtual event which announced the county teacher honorees.

Selection of the County Teachers of the Year is part of the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program. It promotes a positive school culture by acknowledging the hard work and dedication of outstanding teachers.

“New Jersey public schools have been recognized as the best in the nation and the strength of our schools is driven by our dynamic educators,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “Congratulations to all of the County Teachers of the Year. They are true exemplars of the innovative instruction and educational greatness that New Jersey offers to students.”

Individual schools are encouraged to nominate exceptional educators with diverse backgrounds to ensure that the honorees represent the ethnic/racial diversity of New Jersey.

“The County Teachers of the Year are shining examples of excellence and dedication to educating our students,” said Acting Education Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillian. “We celebrate the extraordinary service of these teachers for their ongoing efforts to ensure that our students succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.”

The County Teachers of the Year will network with educators throughout the state and serve as ambassadors for New Jersey’s public schools. A panel of educators then will select the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year based on written applications, video submissions, and interviews with the top finalists.