The Ewing Public Schools has announced the district recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Teacher and Educational Professionals Recognition Program awards.
The Governor’s Teacher and Educational Professionals Recognition Program was developed in 1985 for the purpose of recognizing and honoring teachers and educational professionals who exhibit outstanding performance.
Ewing High School: Shalieka Jarrett
In her role as a Guidance Counselor she was able to assist students in grades 9-12 achieve personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, and develop and set informed career goals as they journey to become productive and contributing members of a global community.
Jarrett possesses a BA in psychology/learning and behavior disorders from Hampton University, an M.Ed. in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland and an Ed. S. in educational leadership, management and policy from Seton Hall University. While serving as a Guidance Counselor at EHS, she was a leader in the development of many district programs and initiatives. Jarrett is also a former resource and collaborative teacher of students with learning disabilities.
“Ms. Jarrett is an outstanding student-centered educator who devotes so much of her life to her charges,” Principal Ed Chmiel said in a statement. “She is a worthy and wonderful recipient of Ewing High School’s Educator of the Year.”
Fisher Middle School: Cheryl Bomba
Bomba has been teaching individuals with autism and developmental disabilities for the past 33 years. Bomba received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her masters of arts in teaching from Trenton State College.
Bomba has also been an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology at Rider University for the past 10 years, teaching courses relating to autism and developmental disabilities to both graduates and undergraduates. She is a member the Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies.
Bomba is an outstanding educator who brings a vast experience base in working with special needs students. Bomba first connected with the Ewing Public Schools as a presenter providing in-service training to staff and parents.
“Ms. Bomba is a life-long learner who is constantly looking for ways to improve her teaching craft; she consistently supports our students both in school and in extra-curricular activities,” FMS Principal Maggy Hanna said in a statement. “Fisher Middle School is proud to have someone with such experience and expertise working with our students.”
Antheil Elementary: Amanda Gallagher
Gallagher has seven years of teaching experience, all at Antheil Elementary School currently teaching math, science and social studies. She is a graduate of the Ewing Public School District and still resides in the township. Gallagher graduated from The College of New Jersey.
Gallagher is a wonderful resource for all teachers, both new to the profession and tenured, and does not hesitate to help out a fellow educator in need. She mentors new teachers and provides support as a team leader. Gallagher’s fifth grade math class was selected as a model classroom for other educators from Fisher Middle School to observe.
Gallagher loves to incorporate humor in her teaching and displays a bulletin board full of math jokes every year. She loves when students come back to visit years later with a new math joke to add.
“Mrs. Gallagher is an incredible educator that has touched the lives of not only her students, but of her fellow teachers and community members as well,” Antheil Principal Jennifer Whitner said in a statement. “Each year, Mrs. Gallagher goes above and beyond her duties as a classroom teacher and the success of her students is proof of her commitment to educating our youth.”
Lore Elementary: Tracy Radler
Radler graduated from The College of New Jersey with her bachelor of science in exercise science and holds her certificate in health and physical education. Radler continued her education journey at Thomas Edison State University and received her masters degree in educational leadership graduated Summa Cum Laude and holds her principal’s certification.
Radler holds her yoga teacher certification for children and families and her mindfulness in schools teacher certification which are used daily in her instruction to the students at Lore School. She also is a certified and licensed in Emergency Care and a First Responder.
“Ms. Radler goes above and beyond her job description. She engages students and makes them want to come to school,” Lore Principal Kelly Kawalek said in a statement. “She gets to know her students and talks to them about how the lessons they learn in school can help them to become better individuals and citizens outside of school.”
Parkway Elementary: Robert Odri
Odri received his bachelor of arts of elementary/special education from Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2013 with his certificate in students with disabilities and elementary school teacher K-6.
Odri is a conscientious and collaborative team member and an excellent teacher of students. He regularly exchanges suggestions for program improvement and instructional changes and enhancements with his fourth grade team and his special education colleagues.
“Since I have been principal at Parkway School Rob has always been one of those teachers who reminds you that a student’s capabilities are not limited by their disability; only challenged,” Principal Harris said in a statement. “Being in his classroom is always a time for adventure in learning the academics and in student self-discovery. Rob’s level of dedication to student learning and development is one to be followed.”