COLONIA — Colonia High School teacher Chantal Greffer received the Monmouth University-Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award at a dinner on May 10, hosted by President Paul G. Gaffney II.
Greffer has been teaching at Colonia High School for over 23 years and currently teaches both advanced placement biology and advanced placement environmental science. Previously, she taught college-prep biology and environmental science. For the past 13 years she has served as the Team Teacher for students conducting research in molecular biology as a part of the Waksman Student Scholars Program in association with Rutgers University.
She was nominated by her former student, Dharm Patel, who will begin a PhD program in biomedical science at Rutgers University this fall. “Ms. Greffer is a knowledgeable, compassionate, and creative educator,” said Patel. “She has a way of making students understand and appreciate the complexities of life, from the inner working of a cell to survival and reproductive strategies of various plants and animals. She has had an immeasurable impact on both my academic and career goals in addition to shaping me as a student and as a person.”
The Monmouth University-Roberts Charitable Foundation Award was instituted in 2006 by Life Trustee William Roberts to recognize outstanding secondary school teachers who made an important contribution to the education of current Monmouth University students. Each teacher was nominated by a Monmouth University senior student for their outstanding teaching proficiencies and dedication to education. The selection committee included the Dean of the School of Education Lynn Romeo and Monmouth University professors and students. The teachers received an award of $1,500 and were recognized at Monmouth University’s commencement on May 16.
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