Kathleen Assini, a social studies teacher at Delsea Regional Public Schools in Franklinville, has been selected as the 2013-2014 New Jersey Teacher of the Year.
Assini, who was named the 2013-2014 Gloucester County Teacher of the Year, has been teaching for 11 years, nine of them at Delsea Regional Middle School where she teaches 8th grade social studies to special education, general education, and honors students. Meet the 2013-2014 NJ County Teachers of the Year
Since 2011, she also has taught in Delsea Regional’s Alternative High School Program. She began her career in education in 2002 at Joyce Kilmer Middle School in Milltown.
Assini received a bachelor of arts degree from Kean University and she recently earned her master’s degree in 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University.
Education is a second career for Assini. She previously spent 20 years working in cosmetology.
Assini serves on numerous committees, including the New Jersey Teacher Advisory Panel. She is the advisor to the Natural Helpers/Peer Mediators and the History Club. Assini chairs her professional learning community at Delsea. She is a member of the faculty council, grading committee, and technology committee. She also is a Nar-A Teen volunteer, working with drug awareness community outreach.
Assini will be a featured speaker at the 2013 NJEA Convention. She will be speaking at the Celebration of Excellence on Friday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Crown Ballroom in Atlantic City.
As the New Jersey Teacher of the Year, Assini will be a teacher leader. In January, she will begin a six-month sabbatical, courtesy of Educational Testing Service, to tour the state and talk about educational issues. ETS also will fund a personal computer for her use. NJEA will provide a rental car, equipped with EZ Pass, to help her travel across the state. In addition, NJEA will provide a $500 clothing allowance, a commemorative ring, media training and support. SMART Technologies will provide a SMART LightRaise interactive projector and document camera for her classroom as well as software and product training.
NJEA joins with the New Jersey Department of Education in congratulating Kathleen Assini on this award and on her many other achievements.