TRENTON – Sarah David, a Springfield Public School District social studies teacher, was named Union County’s Teacher of the Year for 2012-13, state officials announced Monday.
“Most of us know how humbling and awe-inspiring it is to be a student or a colleague of an excellent teacher – these are the individuals who have the power and skill to change lives and bring out the best in us all. I’d like to congratulate Sarah David for being named Union Teacher of the Year for 2012-13,” Education Commissioner Chris Cerf said. “I’m proud that through our teacher of the year selection process, which begins at the school and district levels, many more Union teachers are recognized and celebrated for the outstanding jobs they are doing for our children.”
David was selected by panels representing a cross-section of administrators, teachers, parents and county education association representatives convened by the executive county superintendents of schools. She also submitted a written application and a 15-minute video to the Department of Education for review by a state-level panel of educators who make the final selection of the 2012-13 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. The announcement will be made at the October meeting of the State Board of Education and the winner will represent the state at the National Teacher of the Year competition.
New Jersey’s State Teacher of the Year serves as an ambassador to the profession by articulating the many ways that teachers contribute to their field; communicating ideas about current issues and challenges that confront the profession; and sharing knowledge about specific programs and instructional strategies that benefit teachers and students.