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East Brunswick District honors teachers and staff for their commitment

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The East Brunswick School District recently held a ceremony where we honored teachers and staff for their dedication, hard work and commitment to students.

Hammarskjold Upper Elementary School’s JMPAC was filled with family and friends as 49 teachers and support staff were recognized for their achievements on behalf of the students of East Brunswick.

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All winners were nominated and voted for by their peers and recognized by their site managers.

In his address to teachers, Superintendent Victor Valeski said they are the backbone of the district's education system.

“Your innovative teaching methods, tireless dedication and genuine care for your students do not go unnoticed. You inspire curiosity, encourage creativity and shape the future, one student at a time,” said Valeski.

The superintendent said the efforts of the support staff have kept the district running smoothly. “You are the unsung heroes of our school system and we are deeply grateful for your hard work and dedication,” Valeski said.

Here are the employees honored for their service in the 2023-24 school year:

  • Jon R. Kapko Admin Building Support Employee of the Year: Jodi Liberty
  • Bowne Munro Teacher of the Year: Michelle Marone
  • Bowne Munro Support Representative of the Year: Kevin Pascoal
  • Central Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Jenna Klein
  • Central Elementary School Assistant of the Year: Kevin Steinbeck
  • Chittick Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Cheri Upshur
  • Chittick Elementary School Assistant of the Year: Harry Hudson
  • Frost Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Jamie Derkacz
  • Frost Elementary School Assistant of the Year: Caitlin Szaraz
  • Irwin School Elementary Teacher of the Year: Kimberly Dombrowski
  • Irwin Elementary School Assistant of the Year: Jacqueline Baver
  • Lawrence Brook Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Catherine Kovarcik
  • Lawrence Brook Elementary School Assistant of the Year: Jesica Magana-Lara
  • Memorial Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Gina Donato
  • Memorial Elementary Assistant of the Year: Ellen Lavanco
  • Warnsdorf Primary School Teacher of the Year: Michele Reisbord
  • Warnsdorf Support Employee of the Year: Marylou Chessere
  • Hammarskjöld Teacher of the Year: Alison Skowronski,
  • Hammarskjold Support Representative of the Year: Loren Kaufman
  • Churchill Teacher of the Year: Michael Lasher
  • Churchill Support Worker of the Year: Radwa Omar
  • East Brunswick High School Teacher of the Year: Morgan Barton
  • East Brunswick High School Aide of the Year: Soula Katsiaficas,
  • Employee of the Year for Operational Support: Maged Estafanous