Jennifer Skomial, a high school Career and Technical Education teacher at Morris County School of Technology in Morris County, has been named the 2018-2019 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.
Skomial, who was named the 2018-19 Morris County Teacher of the Year in the spring, attended the high school where she now teaches in Morris County—Morris County School of Technology. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in English-Secondary Education (2008) from Montclair State University. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching (Special Education) from New Jersey City University in 2013.
She began her career teaching Language Arts at Costley Middle School in East Orange. The following year, she was hired at her former high school, Morris County School of Technology, where she went on to teach English for five years before finding her niche in her current role as a Career and Technical Education teacher. Skomial is responsible for preparing her students to become teachers, child psychologists, social workers, and guidance counselors.
“This is an exciting opportunity to honor someone who has been devoted to children her whole life,” stated Laurie Schorno, Morris County Council of Education Associations (MCCEA) president. “Not only is Jennifer Skomial preparing future teachers, but because of her unique position, she is helping them early on determine which pathway in the field of education they would like to take, setting them up for success in their post-secondary education. MCCEA is very proud of Jennifer and I look forward to working with her, especially in assisting future educators navigate Morris county schools.”
“We congratulate Jennifer Skomial on this amazing honor,” said Sean M. Spiller, NJEA vice president and the officer liaison to the Teacher of the Year program. “We have outstanding educators in New Jersey and the Teacher of the Year candidates continually show just how impressive they really are. Jennifer has earned this distinction and we know she will serve as an exemplary representative of the educational excellence in our New Jersey public schools. NJEA is proud to partner with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and Educational Testing Services (ETS) on the Teacher of the Year program, highlighting these inspiring individuals.”
Skomial will be a featured speaker at the 2018 NJEA Convention. She will be speaking at the Celebration of Excellence on Friday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Convention Center, Hall A.
As the New Jersey Teacher of the Year, Skomial will have a six-month sabbatical (salary and benefits) to tour the state and work with the New Jersey Department of Education, courtesy of program sponsor ETS. ETS also provides a new laptop computer.
NJEA will provide Skomial with a rental car, equipped with EZ Pass, to help her travel to speaking engagements and meetings across the state. NJEA also will provide complimentary access to all major NJEA workshops and training opportunities, a $500 clothing allowance, media training and communications support, and funding for a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with the other state teachers of the year and the president of the United States.