The West Windsor-Plainsboro Education Association is proud to have held its first “Celebration of Student Teachers” at the Village School Media Center on Dec. 19. To celebrate the life and career of Nickie Oliver, a beloved colleague who was killed in a car accident last year, WWPEA created a $250 honorarium for a student teacher who embodies the characteristics of kindness, generosity, humor, and dedication that Oliver demonstrated every day. Student teachers were nominated by their cooperating teachers. A selection committee composed of Oliver’s close colleagues reviewed applications and singled out Melissa Lewis, a student teacher from William Patterson, for the honor. Lewis had worked with first-grade teacher Jen Knoblock. NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller, WW-P Superintendent David Aderhold, and WWPEA President Bruce Salmestrelli spoke at the event. Each student teacher received a bound journal with a note from his/her cooperating teacher. Oliver’s sister, Tina Campay, presented the winner with the honorarium in her sister’s memory. WWPEA plans to repeat the PRIDE-funded event at the end of each student-teaching semester.

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