Millstone Teacher Recognition Awards

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Millstone Teacher Recognition Awards

By Susan Heckler


When you look back on your childhood or even as a young adult, was there a teacher who had a profound impact on your life?  It could be someone who taught you skills, gave you special attention, inspired you to reach for the stars or any number of life changing possibilities.


In Millstone Township, any teacher nominated for Teacher of the Year is scored on the following criteria as stated on the Teacher of the Year nomination form:

  • Have a superior ability to inspire students of all  background and abilities


  • Be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator in a public or charter school


  • Anticipate actively continuing in his/her teaching  tatus for at least five more years


  • Have the respect and admiration of students,  arents, and colleagues


  • Demonstrate a strong ability to foster  excellence in education as evidenced by ongoing  contributions to the improvement of student  earning and the learning environment


This year, Millstone Township School District has awarded Teacher Recognition to four individuals who were nominated;  Jason Miller Elementary School 3rd Grade teacher, Donna Romano Primary School 2nd Grade teacher, Michal Friedman Middle School  Mathematics teacher, and Jason Suleski Primary School Educations Specialist of the Year.  These people have touched your children’s lives somehow.


According to Jason Miller, third grade teacher, who has been teaching in the district since 1999, “it is an honor.”


Donna Romano has been teaching for 30 years, 22 of them in Millstone.  “I am very honored to receive The Teacher of the Year Award. It is my job to inspire my students to develop an excitement for school and become lifelong learners. When students are taught to believe in themselves, work hard and always do their best, they will have the motivation to reach their fullest potential.”


This is Michal Friedman’s 11th year in the district. “I absolutely love what I do. Watching things come together and click for a student in their own time and at their own pace is the most rewarding experience. It is those moments coupled with the daily interactions and innocence of my students that make the difficulties of teaching completely worthwhile.”


Jason Suleski is not a teacher; his award was for the one person in the district representing areas such as guidance counselors, nurses, Child Study Team members. “I was honored as an Education Specialist of the Year for the district. It has been a great seven years at the Millstone Primary School and district. The families of Millstone are wonderful and our staff is top notch. We have excellent leadership at all levels and our program strives to be the best it can be every day. I couldn’t think of a better place to work!”


Congratulations to all of them and a big thanks for helping parents to mold their children!