Clark School District Honors Teachers Of The Year For 2012

CLARK — The Clark School District Teachers of the Year for each of the four district schools and the district-wide Teacher of the Year were honored during the Board of Education’s Showcase of Success last month.

Each district school formed a committee comprised of administration, staff, and parents to review nominations for Teacher of the Year. A district wide committee ten-member committee consisting of staff, former Teacher of the Year recipients, a Board of Education member, parents, and administration met to select the District Teacher of the Year.

The Clark School District Teachers of the Year for 2012 are Nicole Czarnecki, technology teacher at Valley Road School; Diane Rizzo, technology teacher at Frank K. Hehnly School; Alessandra Bonacchi, Italian teacher at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School; and Louis Bergen, science teacher at Arthur L. Johnson High School. Bonacchi was subsequently selected as the Clark School District Teacher of the Year for 2012.

Czarnecki was recognized for her orientation to go above and beyond the job description as well as for possessing the traits of a kind, creative, and innovative educator. She was also cited for her willingness to give of her time to attend and support school activities and to serve as the point person in helping colleagues to integrate technology into their classrooms.

In highlighting Rizzo’s achievements; her accessibility throughout the school, her eagerness to assist staff, her gift for teaching and motivating students, and her ongoing willingness to assist the PTA functions or other school events and activities with technology support were cited. Rizzo’s “Tech Tuesdays,” an in-service vehicle for supporting staff by making them familiar with computer programs and technology resources, are eagerly anticipated and much appreciated by staff.

In selecting Bonacchi as Kumpf Middle School and District Teacher of the Year, she was recognized for her active engagement of students as focused learners, serving as a role model and mentor to students, forging collegial and professional working relationships with staff, and creating a quality instructional program as both second grade teacher and middle school Italian teacher.

Van Bergen was recognized for his serving as role model and mentor to numerous Arthur L. Johnson High School students, including those he teaches in science classes and coaches as the Varsity Lacrosse Coach. His countless hours spent at the high school both before and after school, his contributions as curriculum writer and faculty council member, and his overall leadership within the school community.

In recognizing the Teacher of the Year recipients at the Board of Education Showcase of Success, Superintendent Kenneth Knops cited the quotation “A good teacher is like a candle, he or she consumes themselves to light the way for others.” Knops further commented that as a member of the Teacher of the Year Committee, he had the pleasure of hearing the countless positive remarks and affirmations extolling the virtues of each of the Teachers of the Year. I congratulate Ms. Czarnecki, Mrs. Rizzo, Mrs. Bonacchi, and Mr. Van Bergen on this wonderful accomplishment, it is richly deserved.”

In the photograph above, the Teachers of the Year pose for a picture with school and central office administration. Pictured from left to right, top row are: Superintendent Kenneth Knops, Frank K. Hehnly School Principal Shirley Bergin, Elementary Supervisor Janeen Allmendinger, Carl H. Kumpf Assistant Principal Amanda Cloutier, Interim Director of Curriculum William Feldman, and Valley Road School Principal Joseph Beltramba. Seated are Teachers of the Year Louis Van Bergen, Nicole Czarnecki, Diane Rizzo, and Alessandra Bonacchi (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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