Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
Jennifer Skomial Educates Teachers in Academy for Education and Learning
Teacher Jennifer Skomial has been named New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year for 2018-19 by the New Jersey State Department of Education. She is a teacher at Morris County School of Technology’s Academy for Education and Learning.
Earlier this year, Jennifer was recognized as the Morris County Teacher of the Year.
Jennifer teaches the Academy for Education and Learning at the Morris County School of Technology in Denville. Initially hired ten years ago as an English Teacher, for the past five years she has taught the Academy for Education and Learning, a four-year program for students interested in future careers in education.
This is a full-circle moment for Jennifer. She attended the same program while in high school, knowing as a young girl she wanted to be a teacher. Now, she spends her days coaching students as they teach in the on-site preschool, planning guest speakers and field trips, and creating lessons that will engage her students in child development, classroom management, and other education-related topics.
Jennifer is driven to encourage more students to go into the field that she holds so dear. She has served in the formal role of Lead Teacher by mentoring new teachers, establishing professional learning communities, providing professional development opportunities to colleagues, and serving on several district and school-wide committees.
“We are incredibly proud of Jennifer and delighted she has received this honor,” said Scott Moffitt, Superintendent of Morris County Vocational School District.
Moffitt states, “Jennifer’s leadership as a Career and Technical Education Teacher has had a positive impact not only on our entire school community but also our future educators. Reaching out beyond school walls to develop strong partnerships with local school districts, she continually provides her students with meaningful learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. Jennifer is a true testament to the meaning of career and technical education.”
In her role as State Teacher of the Year, Jennifer will work closely with the New Jersey Department of Education and give presentations throughout the state. She will also travel to Washington D.C. to meet other state teachers of the year and the President of the United States.
Jennifer will represent New Jersey in competing for the title of National Teacher of the Year.
The Morris County Vocational School District (www.mcvts.org) provides vocational and enrichment programs that inspire and prepare students to succeed in today’s world and pursue tomorrow’s opportunities. The District offers fourteen full-time, four-year high school Academies and fourteen Share Time programs for high school juniors and seniors. Also available are Continuing Adult Education classes.
For additional information, call the Morris County School of Technology at (973) 627-4600 ext. 277, located on 400 East Main St., Denville.