In recognition of inspirational teaching nationwide, Kelly Wilbert a fifth-grade teacher at East Dover Elementary School in Toms River and Toms River EA member, has been named a recipient of the National University System-Sanford Teacher Award for New Jersey on a surprise Zoom announcement.
During a year of unprecedented challenges for teachers nationwide, the Sanford Teacher Award honors the top teacher in each state and the District of Columbia with $10,000 for supporting student development and achievement in inspirational and harmonious ways. The award was established in the name of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, who is committed to supporting inspiring teaching nationwide through PreK-12 programs focused on developing the social and emotional (SEL) skills of young people. Each teacher recipient is now eligible to be named the national winner of the Sanford Teacher Award, which comes with a total award of $50,000 and will be announced at a future date.
Kelly Wilbert and the other state awardees were selected before COVID-19 shut down schools, but have continued to use online settings to support the social and emotional wellbeing of their students during the current crisis. Learn more here.