CLARK — Ed Grande, Grades 6-12 Content Area Supervisor of Mathematics, World Languages, Business, Computers, and Technology for the Clark Public School District was the recipient of Monmouth University’s Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award.
Grande was nominated for this award by his former student, Lisa Bukowiec, and selected through a rigorous screening process conducted by the university’s selection committee. Only three teachers statewide were selected for this prestigious honor; which was awarded on the basis of creativity, commitment to teaching, and the impact the teacher has on the lives of their students.
Grande will be honored at a dinner held in his honor at Monmouth University on May 10. This Roberts Award dinner will be hosted by Monmouth University President Gaffney, at which time Grande presented with a $1,500 cash award. Grande has also been invited to attend Monmouth University’s Commencement Ceremony as an honored guest on May 16th.
Grande is a graduate of Arthur L. Johnson High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from Rutgers University, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University. At the present time Mr. Grande is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has completed his coursework and is currently writing his dissertation on high school reform as part of his doctoral studies at Teachers College.
During a recognition ceremony honoring Grande at the Clark Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops remarked, “Mr. Grande is a valued resource to the Clark School District. He has a very bright future in the field of public education and I personally hope all of it is with the Clark Schools. He has served as a mentor, role model, inspiration, and guiding light to countless students.”