CLARK — Ed Grande, content supervisor of mathematics, world language, and technology with the Clark School District, was honored as a recipient of the Monmouth University Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding School Teacher Award. In attendance at the reception was the University President, numerous deans and professors, Clark Interim Director of Curriculum William Feldman and Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops.
The award was initiated in 2006 to recognize outstanding secondary school teachers who make an important contribution to the education of current Monmouth University students. Each teacher received an award of $1,500.
Each recipient was nominated by a Monmouth University senior student for his or her outstanding teaching skills and dedication to education. The selection committee included the Dean of the School of Education, Lynn Romeo, and professors and students.
Grande is a graduate of Arthur L. Johnson High School, he earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Rutgers College, a master’s degree in mathematics education from Rutgers College, and a master’s degree in education leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Grande serves the district as the K-12 content area supervisor of mathematics, world languages, science, business, computers, and technology. Prior to this position, he taught mathematics at Arthur L. Johnson High School. In addition, he assumed a number of extracurricular responsibilities, including serving as a class advisor and an advisor to the student council.
Grande has also taught and advised students at the college level during evenings and on weekends and is currently a doctoral student in the Education Leadership Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has completed his coursework and is currently writing his dissertation on high school reform as a part of his doctoral studies at Teachers College.
Grande was nominated by a former student who is graduating from Monmouth University next week, Lisa Bukowiec.
In commenting on the honoring of Ed Grande, Clark Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops remarked, “I congratulate Mr. Grande on this very impressive honor. It is well deserved and fitting for Ed to receive such recognition for his excellence in teaching. Mr. Grande is a role model, mentor, and guiding light to students and teachers alike. We are indeed fortunate to have him in our school district. This award underscores the positive influence he is on motivating young people.”
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