NJEA joined the N.J. Department of Education (NJDOE), the State Board of Education and other education organizations in honoring Lauren Marrocco, a fourth-grade teacher in Perth Amboy, as the 2012-13 N.J. Teacher of the Year. Marrocco has taught at E.J. Patten, a K-4, 890-student school, for the entirety of her teaching career, starting with first grade and then switching to fourth grade in 2010.
The 10-year veteran teacher was selected from among the 2012 county teachers of the year by a committee that included representatives of the state education organizations and the NJDOE.
Marrocco will begin a sabbatical funded by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in January. NJEA provides the state teacher of the year with a rental car complete with EZ Pass, a $500 clothing allowance, a commemorative ring, and communications assistance. SMART Technologies presented Marrocco with a SMART Board package for her classroom.
The state teacher of the year serves as an ambassador for the profession and attends the National Teacher of the Year Conference. Marrocco will also participate in International Space Camp, the National Teachers’ Forum and the National Teacher of the Year Ceremony at the White House. She will also be New Jersey’s candidate for the National Teacher of Year Program.
The announcement was made at the Oct. 3 State Board of Education meeting. NJEA Vice President Wendell Steinhauer, who sat on the selection committee, represented the Association during the ceremony. NJDOE Chief Talent Officer Peter Schulman, who introduced Marrocco, also recognized the outgoing state teacher of the Year Jeanne DelColle for her contributions to public education in New Jersey over the past year.