2021-22 NJ State Teacher of the Year to receive national award for teaching excellence

Theresa Maughan, a social studies educator at East Orange STEM Academy and the 2021-2022 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year will receive the 2023 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. Maughan is one of just five educators nationwide to be honored with that recognition.

The award is sponsored by the Horace Mann Educators Foundation, recognizes outstanding educators across the country for “their exceptional skill in the classroom, attention to equity and diversity, engagement of families and communities, commitment to ongoing professional development, and advocacy for the profession.” Learn more about the award here.

Maughan and her fellow awardees will be recognized on May 5 at the NEA Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, where each will receive a $10,000 award.

NJEA’s officers, President Sean M. Spiller, Vice President Steve Beatty and Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson celebrated Maughan for earning this distinction. “We are so proud to have Theresa Maughan as a representative of New Jersey’s educators. Her talent, passion and dedication earned her this honor. We join all New Jersey educators in congratulating Theresa and thanking her for her service to our students and our profession. We also celebrate our colleagues across the state who may not have been recognized in this way, but who demonstrate excellence in their work every day. New Jersey educators deserve great respect and appreciation for keeping our schools the best in the nation, particularly during the incredible challenges of the last three years.”